At what point do we enter culture? Always from an oblique personal angle that many other people may have some familiarity with but which they can never know entirely — it is a personal creation. This is not to say that there is not such a thing as good and bad — that is the argument of people who have no idea (I don’t care what you say).
The first thing I read was the bible — we had them in the house, though no one was vaguely religious (actually vaguely religious is probably the best description (a lapsed catholic and an ex-choirboy)). Every story ever written is in the bible and at 5 I read it cover to cover, so I’d downloaded most of the important shit I needed from an early age. All that time since has been a slow unzipping of that compressed data.
Where high meets low culture and the brained head meets the brain-dead I tend to find myself. Being a kid in a media age and then getting educated tends to queer the pitch and push your head in all directions. if you don’t end up opening up after that then you have to be living close to death. How many zombies paths are charted by charts alone? I read pulp sci-fi, the beats, the classics, watched the films, listened to as much music as I could find, and I still do — once the foundation’s there you naturally build on it. I’ll be a skyscraper by the time I die and will just need a hand up into the heaven of actualisation — every time I read, listen, watch, I am standing on the shoulders of giants.