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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

#BookadayUK - Day 24

The Antichrist/Thus Spake Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was enrolled in what would now be the equivalent of combining AP English Literature and Composition and Art History. It was a two period class called Advanced Humanities, and it was the most wondrous thing I had ever experienced. We read Shakespeare and discussed classical music - this is where I was introduced to Handel's Water Music and Tchaikovsky's gorgeous ballets - and art history, with a focus on western art, philosophy, lit and music. It might also be called Western Civ.


So, with that as background, one of the course requirements was a self-directed research paper. This was BEFORE THE INTERNET EXISTED, PEOPLE, and there was no such thing as Wikipedia. I chose Nietzsche for my paper because I was weird that way. Also, I was a budding little atheist, so the phrase "God is Dead" appealed to me, although I honestly had no idea what it meant when I started the paper.


So, I read a ton of German philosophy in writing this paper. I pulled my first all-nighter, staying up to finish the paper, my mother finding me feverishly scribbling and probably more than a little punch drunk, in the morning - with my horrible 1980's hair standing on end. I was awfully impressed with myself, and was told by my teacher that I had done college level work. This statement made me feel terribly proud, although it was undoubtedly more of a comment on college freshmen than it was on the quality of my analysis.


I remember almost nothing about Nietzche.


Thus Spake Zarathustra.