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|
|6/23/17||Afterword, return to Introduction||689, XI-XXII||16||100%|