Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Sunday Salon - Some Days Just Aren't for Reading
Today's problem is more an issue of attention span than anything. While I may be in the mood to read, whenever I begin I inevitably become sidetracked by the TV or watching the finches clustered around our bird feeder, or I start talking to B. I've knocked off a few of the remaining chapters of Great Expectations, and I'm so near the end it makes it that much more frustrating that I can't get my reading mojo going today.
But, like any good book lover, even when I can't read, I set myself to the task of amassing more books.
I've discovered a wonderful thing...a cart of free books (aptly labeled "free stuff") in the hallway of our English department right outside the elevators. You're likely to find anything from trashy romance to used textbooks to absolutely wonderfully beautiful trade paperbacks! Yeah, I stumbled upon some really good goodies.
Friday, as I was about to leave, I noticed a couple of brightly colored trade paperback gems. To my utter astonishment one of them was On Beauty, by Zadie Smith--a book I've been lusting after for some time now. I also snatched up, despite my doubts, Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I affectionately (OK, not really affectionately) refer to Foer as my literary nemesis. I tried Everything is Illuminated a couple of years ago and found it so pretentious that I tossed it (with glee) after about 29 pages. However, I'm willing to admit to my wildly vacillating reading moods and give it another shot. I'll keep you posted. I might fling it across the room again. And finally, I picked up Messiah, by Gore Vidal. I know nothing about the book, and I've never read anything by Vidal, but it was just too pretty a paperback to pass up.
Now if only I could make myself read...