Why Reading Italo Calvino’s Stories Feels Like Turning off Gravity

Why Reading Italo Calvino’s Stories Feels Like Turning off Gravity

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When my fifth grade report card came, my parents looked at it first. I was sat down on the couch, and my mom showed me the letter next to science: “F.” A big fat F. What followed was ten years of educational angst. I’d become too stressed by school to admit I enjoyed it. When the time came to study for the SATs, I didn’t. I just took the test, and then, having done badly the first time, retook it. Then, when my friends were visiting college campuses, I didn’t. I visited one, and decided I didn’t like it. I …