What did you read as a child that you shouldn’t have? Our parents could easily tell what films and TV shows to screen us from: there were helpful ratings. But when I was a kid, parents may have controlled the films and TV shows we watched, no one was paying any attention to our reading material. And if you read a lot, they had no hope of keeping up.
For instance, I read a book excerpt in Good Housekeeping Magazine from the book 83 Hours Till Dawn . The story chronicled heiress Barbara Mackle’s first hand experience of being buried alive. I can repeat that article word for word. Nor was my life appreciably enhance after reading all the shocking sections from the Exorcist, the dog eared book clandestinely circulated up and down the halls of my Junior High. I remember the details of a biography of Marie Antoinette and her rather bad end. I consumed a biography Joan of Arc as well as many books on the Salem Witch Trials. I found these books in the school library – a cornucopia of un-filtered information. I was fascinated by it all. I dont’ know if what I read in the past informs my work now or not, but when the case of hysteria among teen girls broke out in Pennsylvania last year, I made the connection.
I’m not advocating censorship, I’m just interested in what I remember, what stuck.
What did you read as a kid that stuck with you to this day?
What did you read that informed your work now?