Otepoti has threatened to remove her wonderful conversion posts if we don't start talking about books again soon. I'm here to remedy the problem by:
A) publicly imploring Otepoti to leave her posts up
B.) getting the ball rolling on another book
C) talking about my own reading.
With A accomplished, I now ask of you, "Believers in Reading," would you like to read a book together? And if so, who would like to choose one? I believe that Melanie, Dorian, Pentimento or Otepoti would be the likeliest choices for choosing, so if any of you are reading something interesting and would like company, please, speak up.
Alternately, I could tell you that I have picked up my first non-Walker Percy book in about six months, and it's A.S. Byatt's Babel Tower. I love the way Byatt writes, even though she's anti-Christian by her own self-description. She seems to have an accomplished sense of the Christian mentality regardless. I'm only about one relatively thick chapter into the book though, so not entrenched enough to recommend or the opposite.
I enjoyed an interview with Joan Didion in the most recent Poets and Writers magazine (the link is not the actual interview to which I'm referring). Notable in that Didion made a name for herself as an essayist, but never felt like an accomplished writer until she had written a novel. She's just put out another memoir (following the Year of Magical Thinking) concerning the death of her daughter, which deals with her sense of failure as a mother. Should be a lighthearted read. Heh.
I tried reading a short by Ursula le Guin recently and didn't finish. I keep trying to make myself like fantasy writing--and it never works out. This is how I have made it through thirty six years of my life with four male children and have never read any Tolkien. If anyone has fantasical writing that I might like in mind, please recommend. Of course, I could just call it quits on trying to read fantasy, and stick to my memoir-reading.
I'm feeling the urge to delve into a classic right now. I would like to A) make sure I still have the concentration for great literary works, and B) Not have to worry about whether or not the book is worthy of my investment. Anyone in the mood for Middlemarch?
Burying the dead
17 hours ago