True Grit

“Superman’s enormous popularity might be looked upon as signalling the beginning of the end for the Horatio Alger myth of the self-made man.”

- Gerald Clarke

Winston seemed to be struggling with his assignment. As I found out from my roommate later on, Professor Brewer gave him (and his course-mates) something to (think and) write about, to compose a position paper (of sort) on Gerald Clarke’s statement. (See the above quote.) My best mate don’t have a clue on who that chap was, but what he said confound my mate.

Clarke sounded familiar, and I tried to remember where and when I first learned about him. Then I recalled my (past) conversation with Sara, my girlfriend; she studied American literature, and that Clarke wrote about a book on Truman Capote. I was half-interested, as things.) I told Winston what I knew (about Clarke); he was grateful, and I was glad to help himmy mind was somewhere else. (Our plans for a backpacking trip in the continent, among other  (whenever I have the chance).

Winston was a Joint Honours student, attending modules in Literature and History. I, on the other hand, was a Singles Honours student. After our first month, I found out that my mate was writing more essays than I was required to. He already missed a few deadlines – and our first year wasn’t over yet. So I don’t mind helping him now and then. I was smiling, as he seemed to have a hard time on writing about a comic book superhero in literary terms. (If you would ask me, writing about Superman was rather a walk in a park, if compared to “Ulysses”.)

I have my little worries too, as I have yet to write paper (on Jules Verne). I read “Around the World in Eighty Days” again, but I don’t feel like doing it during that afternoon. Maybe tonight, if not tomorrow. (By Homer, the deadline was next week.)