To read or not to read? Such unfairness exists in classic literature. Like Hamlet’s query, this one begs the knowledge of whether the pain of reading a classic is greater than the pain of never having read the classics. The summer prior to my freshman year at the UofA I received a required reading list and assigned myself the task of reading the classics. I reasoned that I had not read enough of them in high school and that it would be a good idea to be familiar with as many of them as possible. My reading continued well into the school year. I hit a low point when a friend asked me what I thought about my current selection, Moby Dick. I answered, “When does the bit about the fish end?” My pal changed the subject. I never finished the novel.