Just a quick note to say I’ll be blogging erratically for this next week or so. My life is a bit out of kilter, and I’m trying to catch up.
Oh, I finally got the short story colllections of my avowed reading from my challenge: Jean Stubbs and Italo Calvino, to be exact. More in a future post…
Over the weekend, I read Sleeping Where I Fall by Peter Coyote. This memoir about his adventures as a participant in Sixties counterculture gives one person’s view of communes and the perils of trying to “forge a new culture.” I never get over at how idealistic some of the old Sixties folk genuniely are — I grew up in the Cynical Seventies, after all. I am forever reading books on that era in an effort to understand how a huge swath of young people could really believe they could change the world…all seemingly by virtue of growing their hair, opening their beds and ingesting some drugs. I know that’s simplistic, but then again, it is pretty simplistic to think you can change the world by changing the surface. Anyway, interesting read, more from reading between the lines than from the text itself.
So, that was a diversion from the real reading of Don Quixote, which I shirked for the most part. Oh, well. I loved all of the comments from my previous DQ post. I am intrigued by the reactions to my description of the “bloodless dissection” of the literary theorist I quoted. I stand by my comment, as far as my personal taste is concerned; I prefer to read the living, breathing text first, and then subject it to the post-mortem.
Finally, for anyone who is interested: July is my Neglected Books Month. I will start with The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy, for anyone else who wants to read and comment along.
I also have some genuinely lost books on the docket (maybe I will decide that should have remained lost, who knows?), including:
The Weekend Man by Richard Wright
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
Confessions of a Child of the Century by Thomas Rogers
Windows on the World by Frederic Beigbeder
Never Ask the End by Isabel Paterson
I also plan to offer some selections of Neglected Books that I’ve enjoyed, for others who may not know about them. I am hoping to get some candidates from all of you avid readers out there, too…more later.
‘Til then, send some calming vibes my way!