Mar 08 2005
God, it smells like spring outside. Mild, scent of flowers, lawnmowers. It makes me nostalgic for I-don’t-know-what (it makes me want to go for walks in the park). I suppose Easter is right around the corner.
I finished Vile Bodies — so good, so heartbreaking, so cynical. I am currently reading 1984 (for no good reason other than it was lying around at a friend’s house); I still have unfinished from last year The Difference Engine (which I have tried twice now to finish and not managed; there is somehting about the conclusion that does me in); and Anna Karenina, which I just lost track of at some point in the middle but have full intentions of finishing — I have a pretty good piece of the novel left, I remember where I was, I just couldn’t do it last year. Also, somewhat cheesily but in an actually it’s very good, thank you, kind of way, I am halfway through Living History which is Hillary Rodham Clinton’s biography.
I have shelves — now that I have unpacked almost all of my books — that I want to read, since I tend to collect things that I either haven’t read or want to read again, which means the entire shelf is on my list, which is both encouraging and discouraging.
I want to get more into world literature, particularly Arabic literature, which I have barely touched in my career (except for one time a scholarly translation of the Arabian Nights which was interesting). I was thinking of starting with Midaq Alley, and perhaps Persepolis, especially after gave a presentation on it the other day. Also, not world literature in any way, but I have a copy of The Beautiful and the Damned lying around that is calling my name (although not very loudly, as I can’t find it on the shelf)… as well as some Agatha Christie that I’d like to get to.
My reading habits do not come one novel at a times; they come in heaps and chunks, and so the summation of this is I am reading everything at once.
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