"It’s such a horrible idea to try teaching Moby-Dick or Dubliners to high school juniors. Even the bright ones lose heart. But it’s good to make them reach a little. They’ve got to see there are brighter literary worlds than Twilight. Reading good fiction is like making the jump from masturbation to sex."
Stephen King, talking to Jessica Lahey of The Atlantic about teaching literacy. King's literary instruction manual On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft sounds well worth a read.