First of all, a dysfunctional literate is someone who is perfectly capable of reading high-brow literature but chooses instead to wallow in the muck. Life is short, and if we’re going to read something, it had better be awesome!
Over the years, I’ve discussed, analyzed, and maligned numerous books and their authors (some unfairly). Below is a list (always in-progress) of books and authors discussed and reviewed on Dysfunctional Literacy.
Dysfunctional Literacy Index of Books and Authors (alphabetized by author’s last name):
Alger, Horatio J.- Ragged Dick
Asimov, Isaac- I, Robot
Austen, Jane- Pride and Prejudice
Burroughs, Edgar Rice- John Carter of Mars books/movie
Card, Orson Scott- Ender’s Game
Carnegie, Dale- How to Win Friends and Influence People
Carroll, Lewis- Alice in Wonderland
Collins, Suzanne- The Hunger Games
Connelly, Michael- The Fifth Witness
Cormier, Robert- The Chocolate War
Danler, Stephanie- Sweetbitter
Diaz, Junot- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Dickens, Charles- A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens, Charles- Great Expectations
Dumas, Alexandre- The Three Musketeers
Egan, Jennifer- A Visit from the Goon Squad
Faulkner, William- The Sound and the Fury
Franco, James- Actors Anonymous, Palo Alto
Franzen, Jonathan- The Chipotle Paper Bag Essay
Franzen, Jonathan- The Corrections
Gladwell, Malcolm- David and Goliath
Goldman, William- The Princess Bride, Marathon Man
Grafton, Sue- Kinse Millhone series
Green, John- The Fault in our Stars
Grisham, John- A Time to Kill
Hawthorne, Nathaniel- The Scarlet Letter
Henry, O. – The Ransom of Red Chief
Hinton, S.E.- The Outsiders
Homer- The Iliad
Howard, Robert E.- Conan the Barbarian books/stories
Hugo, Victor- Les Miserables
Joyce, James- Finnegans Wake
Joyce, James- Ulysses
King, Stephen- Different Seasons
King, Stephen- On Writing
King, Stephen- The Shining
Lee, Harper- Go Set a Watchman
Lee, Harper- To Kill a Mockingbird
Lowry, Lois- The Giver
Martin, George R.R.- Should Readers Be Angry at George R.R. Martin?
Martin, George R.R.- Game of Thrones
McCarthy, Cormac- The Road
McMurtry, Larry- Streets of Laredo
Melville, Hermann- Moby Dick
Nabokov, Vladimir- Lolita
Patterson, James- Best James Patterson Jokes Ever!
Poe, Edgar Allan- Was Edgar Allan Poe Really That Weird?
Poe, Edgar Allan- The Raven
Remarque, Erich Maria- All Quiet on the Western Front
Rowling, J.K. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Salinger, JD- The Catcher in the Rye- Salinger
Sandford, John- Prey series
Silverstein, Shel- Uncle Shelby’s A, B, Z Book
Stoker, Bram- Dracula
Sweeney, Cynthia D’Aprix- The Nest
Here is a brief explanation of each category.
Best Jokes Ever!- That’s kind of self-explanatory.
Dysfunctileaks- A combination of political commentary and a couple old Dysfunctional Grammars that I didn’t get rid of (just to demonstrate what a Dysfunctional Grammar was).
Dysfunctional Book Reviews-The reviews are dysfunctional, not the books. No, that’s not true. Some of the reviews are actually pretty good, and the books stink. I’ll tell you why without spoilers.
Dysfunctional Grammar- Uh, I don’t do Dysfunctional Grammar anymore. If you’ve ever heard somebody say at the beginning of a brainstorming session that there is no such thing as a bad idea, well, that’s wrong. Dysfunctional Grammar was a bad idea. Remember, bad ideas can ruin blogs, get people fired, and destroy lives.
Dysfunctional Literacy: Commentary about important issues about literacy.
Etymology- Every once in a while, I get curious about where a (vulgar) word or expression came from.
Jokes/Generic: Today’s generic joke can be tomorrow’s Best Joke Ever, but most of the time it won’t be. In fact, some of the older ones are really, really bad.
Literary Combat- Two (or more) books are pitted against each other, but nobody really gets hurt.
Long Story: It’s a serial (without cliffhangers) about an event that made me think about becoming a writer. “Long Story” later became The Writing Prompt which is on Amazon. “Long Story” is a little shorter than The Writing Prompt (if that makes sense).
Nice Things: I’m not really comfortable trying to promote my ebook Nice Things on my blog, but if I don’t do it, nobody else will.
The Literary Girlfriend: It’s my second serial and my first romantic comedy. It’s about a dysfunctional relationship centered (sometimes) around books, so it’s perfect for this blog. I’ll probably convert this into an ebook when I’m done.
If my efforts here can help just one person afflicted with dysfunctional literacy, then it will have been worth it. Please join me on my journey (yeah, this final paragraph was supposed to sound cheesy).
When I was a kid, I got my mouth washed out with soap for saying the word “crap.”
Looking back, that kind of ticks me off because now I know that…