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Hunter Lepi ENGL 1100 Writing Project #1 nd 2  Draft It is truly strange to think about how we gradually develop from our youth. Thinking  back to whenever the day was when we spoke our first words, sentences, and into more reason  and logic based principles makes one wonder how so many days have passed and what happened in them that are continuously making us evolve. Personally, I look forward to everyday because  there is always the arrival of some new idea even if it takes a long time for it to process. When it  comes to my individual experience with reading and writing, three people come to my mind, and  currently hold these top three spots firmly with me: Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck, and Jim  Morrison. These “Three Musketeers” possess the asylum of interest in my heart that nobody will  ever be able to take away.  To begin my rant, Poe is the Godfather/Dionysus/James Dean/overall creator and master  of how dialect, psychology, and scenery have ever been put into perspective. Reading anything  by Edgar Allen Poe is usually a frightening escape that one can look forward to pursue. The short stories or poems are always captivating and have an unanticipated conclusion or outcome. A  piece that is specifically appealing throughout is “Hop Frog”, a suspicious story with a disturbing end that is thoroughly entertaining. “Annabel Lee” is a famous poem that connects the emotional distress between love and death, something Poe had actually experienced in his lifetime. I  realized at a young age that the imagination is endless, key to writing, but more importantly that  there is no limit (more or less) to the quantity of what is written and how much of an impact it  can make. Edgar Allen Poe, for example, has a two line poem entitled “Deep in Earth”­“Deep in  earth my love is lying­And I must weep alone”. This is a piece that is straight to the point, eerie,  and demanding of the dark gothic mood that Poe is famous for expressing. th More so, I believe I was in the 6  grade when I first discovered John Steinbeck; from  then on I’ve been hooked. It was my dad that first told me, “Here! Read this book, it’s called  Cannery Row, and it’s funnier than hell!” “I don’t know dad, I think our views on what’s funny and what’s not are a little bit  different,” I told him. But he persisted like always. “Oh c’mon at least give it a try! I know you’re going to like it and think it’s as funny as I  do…” After four days I realized that my father and I were both right and wrong. The book  didn’t necessarily have me clutching my stomach for air with laughter but spell bounded me with this writing so descriptive and so clear. To this the day, I keep that same book that the “old man”  gave me that fateful evening and once in a while flip the pages to see what kind of trouble Mack  and the boys are stirring up.  The Pearl was the next Steinbeck book that I stumbled upon and  got just as much enjoyment out of that. This is a story of a poor man, Kino, and his family that  go through many untrustworthy and devastating instances that lead back to where they began, a  common theme in works by John Steinbeck. Other books I have read are The Red Pony and  Travels with Charlie, two more great pieces that are highly recommended to readers and writers  alike. I hope to read Of Mice and Men next or East of Eden, if I can get my hands on it, and  continue my interest in Steinbeck until I have been through them all to the point of where I have  to go back and study them all again.   Last but not least has to go to the man, James Douglas Morrison, a mysterious poet,  songwriter, and singer in the notorious band The Doors. Although he was never labeled much as  a mind blowing writer, the way Jim and the band put his lyrics into play with what he was trying  to express is a point in history for music and culture that is insurmountable. It was also at an  early age when I was rustling through my grandparents’ basement and found a 45 record of The  Doors. The front side of the record had “Hello I Love You” and the back contained “Love  Street”, both songs with beautiful melodies that also struck me as curious, a curiosity that still  lingers in me. The songs gave me this sort of uneasy feeling but in a way that made me feel  content with the raw anxiety that possessed me. I felt that connection like I do with Poe where  the bounds of writing with reality are only a vine­tightrope that Mother Nature walks on and can  be cut whenever to make something new and chaotic.  In its entirety, the usage of language is a tool that can be sharp, dull, boring, or broad but  still a part of what we absorb every day. I like personal interaction but like anybody else, I have  my good days as well as bad ones. Bad days are times that I can read how Steinbeck lays out the  land of America in Travels with Charlie as well as you could describe the indescribable.  Sometimes it feels like a day where nothing/nobody could possibly have it as bad as I do until I  read “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe and realize that I could always be Fortunato (protagonist) or in the hands of someone so conniving as Montresor (antagonist). And lastly,  when the day just needs to end, nothing can soothe me like “The End” by The Doors and  Morrison convincing me to let go or to just “break on through to the other side.” These free,  internal ideas of what I understand in language, reading, writing, etc., are also what can get me  caught up as I do write. Sometimes I feel more thought is being put into a piece because I am  constantly searching for a deeper meaning in everything. Too much thought and not enough  rough copying starts to get boring when I just can’t think of anything to write! That being said,  one can spend time worrying and being eventless, and as John Steinbeck said, “eventlessness  collapses time.”  


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