Today I realized that most of my students, even my most responsible ones, read SparkNote/cliff note versions of the books I assign. For my innocent readers, this means my students don’t read the books I assign; they read condensed versions that some poor out of work literate person like myself has written for the online illiterate. I made my upper level English seminar confess this fact today. They told me they read the plot summary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, not the book itself. I am still recovering from this information. I told them I would rather they read a few pages of the real Their Eyes than the entire SparkNotes summary. Maybe I am wrong, though. Maybe the Sparknotes version is also brilliant. I read a great headline on the Onion once. Girl Moved To Tears By of Mice and Men Cliff Notes I am going to go read the plot summary of Their Eyes on spark notes and see what they are reading.