Overload

December 3, 2008

Hard to believe someone who loves to read and whose only obligations at the moment are family- and volunteer-oriented could fall so far behind on her reading list, but here it is.

I’m a few chapters in to the really excellent (as I said) 9/11 Commission Report.

I’m about halfway through my newest Vanity Fair.

I’ve only just started the book of poetry, and haven’t started at all with Christopher Plummer’s autobiography, both of which just arrived for me.

I’m re-reading Life of Pi (not started) and reading Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (not started) for a teen book club / forum I’m involved with.

And of course there’s always still Salinger, Shakespeare’s Roman plays and histories, and Three Musketeers that I’ve promised myself I’ll get to.

Luckily, it all sounds like lots of fun. I’ll try to get through my Vanity Fair and maybe the Kay Ryan poetry today; all that’s going on is Christmas decorating and a concert.

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5 Responses to “Overload”

  1. I almost picked up The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. Crapters also had another of his books Any Known Blood. But I think these need to be summer reads that I can devote some time to. I’ve also already started with 2666 and thats a 900 page novel. So much to read, so little time.

    Also, testing out some html in comments, seeing if it works, if it does you’ll see the titles in bold, if not you’ll see the code and it’ll look stupid. Cheers.

  2. Faith said

    I would. I like spending a month or two with an author in particular, when the time is in hand. I enjoyed Any Known Blood, and I would also recommend his autobiographical book, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. But give it some time after Freud, Kafka and your 900 pages.

  3. Faith said

    Oh, already done.

  4. I guess the scary thing about Obama is that he will be continually scrutinized, more so than past presidents. He is the first black President and everything he does will be judged, analyzed, focused in on, especially with the campaign he just ran.

    I enjoy talking American politics with you. Having lived in America, especially in the south, I just worry that despite the fact that he was voted in, the United States has become increasingly polarized in its thinking. I’m very guilty of this as I find myself reacting more and more negatively to Republican Right leaning thinking, which leaves me frustrated and angry.

    He wants to bring the two parties together and reach “across” both sides. I can see that this choice for his inauguration as an attempt to do such a thing, and this is admirable. And as childish as what I’m next about to say sounds, why should the Left do that, when the Right for the past 8 years has pushed this polarization throughout the country. It sounds like a “he said, she said”, he started it I didn’t argument, but the world has been rocked by the Right for so long, I want to see some more radical thinking.

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