This breakdown of how you’re wrong about six books you were forced to read in high school or college — an told how to think abou tthem — was fascinating.
I’m still not a fan of believing what’s published at cracked.com, but it’s fun to consider it.
On Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland:
So [the author] decided to write a book about a world that followed the laws of abstract mathematics, purely to point out the batshit lunacy of it. Things keep changing size and proportion before Alice’s eyes, not because she’s tripping on bad acid, but because the world is based on stupid postmodern algebra with shit like imaginary numbers that don’t even make any sense god dammit. “Alice” was the sensible Euclidian mathematician trying desperately to keep herself sane and tempered, while “Wonderland” was really Christ Church College at Oxford, where Dodgson worked, and its inhabitants were just as barking mad as he thought his colleagues really were.
On Sinclair’s The Jungle:
It wasn’t about sanitation or meat safety. Sinclair was actually trying to expose the exploitation of American factory workers and convert Americans to socialism.