I had a plan, but….

Last week I was so excited about reading A People’s History of the United States for Infinite Winter this year that I bought two copies of the book: one for me, and one for my 11-year-old nephew, Tylese.  Philip’s got his hands full this winter, so I thought it would be cool if I got Tylese in on the Infinite Winter action, too.  Because 11-year-olds can handle some cold hard truth about our country’s history, right?

Well, Amanda nipped that shit in the bud.  As someone who’s already read the book, she made the argument that this is the sort of book kids about to take or are currently taking AP US History should read.  Tylese—shit, I don’t even know what grade he’s in right now.  6th?  Does he even know what a labor union is?

So my plan to get more folks involved with Infinite Winter has been foiled.  Instead, now I’m going to give this second copy to Philip—with a reading schedule for the spring.  He’s a freshman in high school now, so this book should be just his speed…you know, after he’s already conquered Moby Dick and Infinite Jest (before the age of 16).  And for Tylese, man, I don’t know, maybe I’ll get him 10 lbs of gummi bears or something.

Here’s the “Infinite Spring” schedule I put together for him, based completely on Canelli’s schedule.

Date Chapters End Page Pages Read Percent Complete
3/27/17 1 23 23 3%
3/31/17 2 39 16 5%
4/3/17 3 59 20 8%
4/7/17 4 77 18 11%
4/10/17 5 103 26 15%
4/14/17 6 125 22 18%
4/17/17 7 149 24 21%
4/21/17 8 171 22 24%
4/24/17 9 211 40 30%
4/28/17 10 253 42 36%
5/1/17 11 297 42 42%
5/5/17 12 321 24 46%
5/8/17 13 359 38 51%
5/12/17 14 377 18 54%
5/15/17 15 407 30 58%
5/19/17 16 443 36 63%
5/22/17 17 469 26 67%
5/26/17 18 503 34 72%
5/29/17 19 541 38 77%
6/2/17 20 563 22 80%
6/5/17 21 601 38 86%
6/9/17 22 631 30 90%
6/12/17 23 643 12 92%
6/16/17 24 675 32 96%
6/19/17 25 683 8 98%
6/23/17 Afterword, return to Introduction 689, XI-XXII 16 100%

3 Comments

  1. amandaburnhamrfp

    Yo you don’t have to give up on giving Tylese a book! Just maybe one more age appropriate, especially since he isn’t a super avid reader like Philip at this point. I bet Lou has some suggestions?

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    1. Luigus

      I just bought “Kindred,” which features time travel and slavery. Supposed to be excellent. A freshman suggested it to me last year.

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  2. amandaburnhamrfp

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