First of all: I’m so very excited about the great and varied response to the Short Story Short Challenge and my post on 10 favorite short stories! Will definitely be exploring this topic periodically. I hope everyone is inspired to read at least one or two new authors or, if you’re not a short story aficionado, to try one. (I dare you to read one on my list and not be blown away.)
Second: Can’t let David Halberstam’s death go by without comment. In my undergrad years, as a journalism student, I read his “The Best and the Brightest” (the Kennedy Administration and VietNam War) and “The Powers that Be” (on the American media). He was of the old school: exhaustive research, in-depth analysis, and above all, accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.
He died by being broad-sided.
Third: About 100 pages in to Proust vol. 2. God, I just love Proust! You really have to give yourself up to him. I don’t try to “understand everything;” a reader simply can’t. There is too much. You just read and enjoy the process of reading and then, suddenly, when you are not quite aware, the prose clicks. I imagine it’s how a child learns how to speak. I feel I am such a better reader for having read Proust, and I’m sure I will feel that way about my writing.
Four: Joined up with the Tilting at Windmills group! Going to start Don Quixote in the midst of reading Proust. What a masochist. But, this is a group and an objective too stellar to miss out on. I imagine I will cower on the sidelines, shocked and awed by everyone else’s insights and progress. Sort of like the bunny-slope skier straggling behind a group of Olympians. But, that’s how one learns. Thanks, Dorothy W.,
for organizing. Good call!
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