Don't Forget the Classics!

by Alexandra Fish, , April 1, 2009

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My entertainment aspirations have come to a standstill. I'm broke, young and sick of drinking. Well, I'm not really sick of drinking. It's still nice to have some variety. I decided I would check out some classic books and movies to save some cash and cleanse my artistic pallet. I decided to reach all the way back to high school.

The reading lists in high school are packed with classics and great reads. Try and think back; remember that one book you couldn't put down? Even if you didn't read them, think about the discussions that seemed interesting to you. Pick up the book from the library and prepare to be mesmerized. Maybe instead of reading Chasing Harry Winston, try Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. You get the idea.

One book I revived my interest in was To Kill a Mockingbird. I had forgotten how powerful and meaningful this novel by Harper Lee was. I hadn't picked it up since my freshman year of high school. That was seven years ago. The details were fuzzy so I was able to appreciate the succinct way Lee pens. The story of two young children growing up in the Deep South during the Great Depression brings you back to a time of easy Sundays and hard struggles. Pick up this book, you will not be disappointed.

Since I've discovered Netflix, I have found that I was born in the wrong time. I love old films. I think our generation would be surprised to find that they do too. Call your parents, they'll tell you what you missed.

I have always thought Audrey Hepburn was absolutely beautiful. She is a pop icon and I really didn't know why until I rented Breakfast at Tiffanys. The film is set in New York City in the 1950s (although it was released in 1961). Hepburn plays a quirky, complex single woman. The architecture, costume and dialogue leave me wishing I were a New Yorker in the 50s. I can understand the fascination with Audrey Hepburn; she portrays her character Holly to perfection.

I have a newfound sense of admiration for classic works of art. I've decided to dedicate the rest of my year to catching up with what I missed. Ask people their favorites, remember those lists from high school, or try Netflix. You will enjoy things you didn't even remember existed.


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