A Responsibility to the Classics


We’ve all got those books we’ve been meaning to read. Whether we heard about them yesterday, or saw them in a bookstore window a couple of months ago, or we can’t quite remember when but someone told us about something they thought we might like, a while ago, we think.

Or perhaps you’ve got a few lonely titles sitting on a shelf with crack-less spines that are just waiting for that mythical expanse of time when you can really sit down and become absorbed.

If you need any help getting started on those heavy classics, we’ve got just the thing. Brad Leithauser has written about his own accomplishments in “Big Reading: A Hike Through Dickens.” See if you can get your Dickens-curiosity ramped up. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find some time to enjoy a long-awaited tick off your literary to-do list.

Nikita Schoen is an intern at The Rumpus, and a Writing & Literature student at California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco. More from this author →