Hey folks, Malcolm Lockwell here. I was an English major for a while, and during that time I developed the opinion that certain classics really don't need to be read. Of course it's different from person to person, but I think there are certain novels/short stories that persist to this day just because they've been labeled "classics." On the other hand, I think there are some classics that everyone should absolutely read. And I'm not just talking the Western Canon here, feel free to bring in anything. What do you think? As for a classic people should actually read, I think Dante's Divine Commedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, all three of 'em) should be required reading for everyone. It's themes and imagery permeate nearly every single aspect of popular culture in some way, and for that reason at least people should take a look at it.