I'm finishing up Michael Herr's "Dispatches". Very raw and disheartening. A good book to read today, given the current administration's current political situation. I found it to be a pretty great book, but I like tragedy.
I am keeping a small tower of current reads on top of my bedside table -
The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Pablo Neruda Collection of Love Poems
The Hobbit (reading again and again...)
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On the kid note: Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry and Corduroy.
kristentobiason: Re: Tolkien's Trilogy.
My dad read to us every night that we were at his place, before bed. I've actually never read the Trilogy myself but have had it read to me several times, and it's my favorite story ever. I bought the movies and couldn't bear to watch them past the first one. They were outstanding, but nothing compared to the imagery in my adolescent mind. I have his copies in a primary position amongst the favorites of my multitude of books. I'm not sure how much of it is Tolkein's mastery and how much of it is because they were my pop's.
The other stuff he read to us: Legend of Greystoke, Pretty much all of the Sherlock Holmes series, Robin Hood, Three Musketeers, 20,000 leagues (what was the correct title for that book?) and various and sundry british and American detective pulps. (Dashiel Hammet? I can't remember them all, but he immediately comes to mind.) At dad's house we didn't have TV- he hated it, a trait passed on to me pretty much totally whole.
"Out of the Silent Planet" by CS Lewis is a good book to crawl into during a shit storm. It has that cozy, magical refuge quality 'cept it's not long enough. For a real retreat, I pull out the Silmarillion.
Great book and it came with an audio CD, with 4 meditations. 3 metta meditations and one that teaches basic meditation on the breath. Great book. I was reading it at work today. I could probably write like three sentences on kindness and she has this whole book.
"Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar" By Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. It gave me a few Yuks( then again,I laugh at my own jokes) and reminded me of how fun philosophy can be. Maybe not for all.Enjoy it if you have any interest in this sort of thing.
I am and have been reading various incarnations of Samuel R. Delany's next novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. It's pretty much the only thing I've read for the last year, but I've read it many times as I'm helping to proofread it, and he keeps adding stuff!
after being in school for what feels like a bajillion years, studying lit and psych, i have had it with deep reading. thus, lately i have taken up a mad affair with teen fiction. it's easy, it's entertaining and it's sociologically intriguing. that's not to say that i don't go back to the historical fic or non-fic every third book, since i have a penchant for reading things about slavery, the holocaust and anything related to cormac mccarthy ('the road' is about the best book i've read in recent time). i am a tangential reader, though. i tend toward following threads as i read. if i am on a biography kick i will read as much as i can about a certain person, then, if i see something interesting in a book (it can even be an offhand character remark about a kind of material, or an artist), i will research that, too. i think it's conditioning from all my years of research. i can't help but pick up pathways and run with them. so, now i just tend to do that with teen fic trends. and then check out the socio-anthropological trends that have created them.
Over the last year I've read eight or nine versions of Samuel R. Delany's forthcoming novel, "Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders." I think he's really almost finished, now, though when I got the first copy (back in December of '07), he thought he was almost done. It's since grown from 55,000 words to over 170,000. Once he's really finished adding scenes and moving on to the polishing stage, I'll print out a new copy and start reading again. It's been incredible to watch his process. I've learned a lot.
surprising find in my foray into teen fic: tamar by mal peet. very well written and a fabulous story line about two british men who serve as resistance wireless operators in holland during the winter of 1944. i have literally eaten it up. next up? "something wicked this way comes" out loud to my kiddo.