The Jim Morrison Reading Challenge

The Jim Morrison Reading Challenge

"There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors." - Aldous Huxley

Jim Morrison was most notably known as the talented and skilled lead singer of The Doors, a rock band formed in the ‘60s known for their transcendentalist and mystic lyrics. He took the themes and philosophical concepts of his favorite authors and transformed their messages into the poetic and psychedelic songs notorious of the band.

The band’s name, The Doors, originated from Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception” which is referencing William Blake’s religious satire “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”. The ‘doors’ allude to the significant reality of what we perceive as opposed to our usual blindness influenced by superficiality. This alone illuminates the philosophical importance Jim Morrison chose to bestow upon the band- emphasizing the sentiment of more deeply understanding the world we live in.

Morrison was a fervent fan of the Beat Generation- a literary movement of writers, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, that sought to influence the social and political culture of post-WWII America. Of this subculture’s literature, Morrison most favored Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, a novel that questioned the validity and extent of discovery and freedom. The road to enlightenment and the romanticizing of self-discovery have become staples of The Door’s music, and this seems to be a direct influence of such Beat Generation literature.

As for philosophy, Morrison seemed most fond of Sartre’s existentialist novels and Nietzsche’s nihilist theories. A favorite existentialist novel of Morrison’s was Albert Camus’ “The Stranger”; being so transfixed by this book, Morrison soon created a song called “People Are Strange” which emphasizes the starkness of individuality. As for Nietzsche, Morrison would often quote from “The Birth of a Tragedy” during his concerts.

It is believed that Morrison’s biggest literary influence was Antonin Artaud, a French playwright who specialized in surrealist theater. Artaud’s works, such as “The Theatre and It’s Double”, incensed in Morrison an influence towards elements of darker, oppositional music.

One of The Door’s most popular songs, “The End”, alludes to the play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles as it mentions elements of loving one’s mother and killing one’s father. Morrison had worked on a student production of this play while attending Florida State University and consequently became very interested in the controversy and complexity of the story.

As you can see, Jim Morrison was more than the violent and erratically hedonistic person he was infamously believed to be; he was a very well-read, intelligent artist who sought to express some of the greatest and most thought-provoking aspects of multi-generational literature through his music. His lyrics serve as the means of expression for his interpretation to some of the most elusive and introspective theories of the world’s greatest writers.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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