After reading the article, consider what piece of literature has had an impact on your own life and caused you to live/create dangerously. You?ll understand what that is to mean after finishing the readings. Post the Title, Author, and 5 sentences below on your personal engagement with your choice, answering ?Why this choice?? Be specific. Use detail to engage us with your story.
A piece of literature that influenced me to live and create dangerously was Haruki Murakami?s 1Q84. I read this book as a senior in high school for a modern classics English class. At the time, I was under a lot of stress, thinking about my future and trying to get my life in order. However, this book was like taking a deep breath. I was able to get lost in the universe that Murakami created. When people would ask me what the book was about I would be at a loss for words because it has themes of love, religion, violence, murder, culture, family and supernatural. It was like nothing I had read before and everything that comes after it will pale in comparison. Not only did this book inspire me to live dangerously, it also inspired me to dream wildly.
A piece of literature that has encouraged me to live and create dangerously is, oddly enough, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Although probably an odd selection in response to the question, the book had a profound way of catalyzing certain ideas the more I happen to think about it. Growing up in a largely Asian-American based community, I was able to learn a lot about the nuances of being ethnically Asian but being raised in an American setting, in contrast to those who were raised in a more traditional Asian setting, through the fictional narrative. Matters often seemingly trivial, such as hierarchies even in the Asian space, often based on family lineage and affluence, were brought to my attention. It seemed as if this was written as a message to other Asians – ?There are a lot of old rules and traditions and mindsets out there but we?re now in a time of modernity so you go out there and do what you want; nevermind what other people think.? Since then, I?ve been more inspired to be a little out-of-the-box and subvert traditional ideas and practices along the fine line of being Asian and American.