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It's a two-for-one reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Jun 18, 2:56pm

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It's a two-for-one reading thread! Can't Post

I'll be away from my computer next Tuesday, but will be back with you all on July 2. So please talk among yourselves, or behind my back, or whatever seems appropriate Smile

On paper I've been reading the new Archaeology Magazine, which has a fascinating cover story on new finds at Pompeii, as well as the usual array of other interesting topics. Some of them are grim---an archaeological overview of the WWII battle of Peleliu, an island in the South Pacific---others not so much, such as the discovery of a 14th century child's shoe in Switzerland.

In audio I've just started another Louise Penny---well, I'd call her books literary novels with mystery sub-plots, never mind that the main characters are police detectives. This one is The Beautiful Mystery, set in a remote monastery in Quebec. It's taken a while for the story to get going, but I enjoy Penny's use of language and find her stories work well in audio, where I can just drift along at the leisurely pace she sets.

So what have you been reading?

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....


Annael
Immortal


Jun 18, 4:23pm

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Great Little Things by Jodi Picoult [In reply to] Can't Post

I have managed never to read anything by Picoult before, and now I'm wondering how I've missed her. This ambitious novel takes on racism from several viewpoints. I can't speak to how well Picoult gets under the skin of her black characters, but I think it's a good sign that I as a white person am uncomfortable when she has white people say well-meaning but stupid and thoughtless things to those characters. I can say as someone who spent years in medicine that she gets the medical stuff right.

The hardest part for me is the white supremacists. I don't understand--I hope I never do understand--people who base their lives on fear and hatred of some "other." I'd much rather spend my time understanding my own more subtle racism; it may be uncomfortable to face, but much less so than overt and unapologetic bigotry/sense of superiority in others. At least I can try to do something about my own flaws.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


Annael
Immortal


Jun 18, 6:31pm

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er, that should be "Small Great Things" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


Annael
Immortal


Jun 21, 3:06pm

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also picked up "Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed . . . it's a theme week apparently // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


Hasuwandil
Bree

Jun 27, 3:23am

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A biography [In reply to] Can't Post

Since watching Tolkien, I've been meaning to brush up on the factual details of his life. I recently checked out Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography from the library, and am beginning to read it. I think I've read it before, but it was such a long time ago that I don't remember much. After I finish that, I'll be looking for a copy of John Garth's Tolkien and the Great War. I also own a copy of Tom Shippey's The Road to Middle-Earth, which I believe I've read once, and read some portions several times. Maybe I'll get around to reading it again, but I'm planning to read The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and who knows what else first; as well as a number of works not particularly related to Tolkien.

 
 

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