50 Great Books You’ll Never Read in School


No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July

The thing is, this is a book that would probably really change your life if you read it in high school. The stories are arresting and wondrous and angry and full of life, but often have a little too much porn-shop dancing for the classroom. But don’t tell me “The Shared Patio” isn’t for students. “Are you angry?” asks an insert. “Punch a pillow. Was it satisfying? Not hardly. These days people are too angry for punching. What you might try is stabbing. Take an old pillow and lay it on the front lawn. Stab it with a big pointy knife. Again and again and again. Stab hard enough for the point of the knife to go into the ground. Stab until the pillow is gone and you are just stabbing the Earth, again and again, as if you want to kill it for continuing to spin, as if you are getting revenge for having to live on this planet, day after day, alone.” You’ll just have to do your stabbing at home.