Saturday, December 01, 2012

Prayers for More Books, and the Time to Read Them.

"When I write poetry, I think of it as praying on paper," a Roman Catholic priest once told me. The past few days/daze I've been nearly giddy with delight, because of my return to blogging. I'd truly forgotten how incredible the connection feels: the lone act of typing, the stillness as I re-read (I make NO changes to my Blog posts, they exist as an outpouring, Un-edited, of thoughts-in-my-head)before hitting "Post", the excitement when someone--known or unknown to me--posts a comment. I cannot fathom how other people DON'T WANT to write. More puzzling to me, are those who say "I don't like to read" or "I don't enjoy reading; I'd rather be outside." If you don't like to read, then you either have a learning disability, a vision problem, or a very low IQ---I know I'm going to regret saying words that will be, ultimately, judged as very harsh--but that's how I feel, that's what I believe. And saying you don't enjoy reading, because you'd rather be outside? There's a simple solution: take the book/magazine/iPad/Kindle/Nook/e-book with you! If it were not for books--for stories from the Roman Catholic Saints I read as a young girl (St. Theresa of Liseux (known as "The Little Flower") is the Saint I selected, at about age 10, as my "Confirmation Saint"), to "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl", which became my favorite book--and one I've read 25 times at last count, I think I could not have grown to love the literature which later shaped the work I chose to study in college: literature, plays, theatre, and, ultimately--acting.It shaped my very LIFE. What's the biggest fear I have, besides obvious fears like losing my parents, sis,nieces,aunts, and hubby and other loved ones, to death? I fear not getting to finish reading all the books I want to read. On my I-Have-The-Book-Now-I-Want-The-Time-To-Read-It-List, right now: *"Unsaid", a novel "Whose Song? and other stories", a collection from Thomas Glave (I purchased a copy from him, personally at Indiana University Writer's Conference(I was there as a participant in the Poetry Track), in 2004--I've read a few of his tender stories, and keep returning to them, as one would, to a hot meal, for nourishment) *"Dark Places", by Gillian Flynn "His Lovely Wife", by Elizabeth Dewberry "A Small Hotel", by Robert Olen Butler *"A Brief History of Time", nonfiction, by Stephen Hawking (I read it twice in the past, but it was over twenty years ago, sigh) *"Object of Beauty", a novel by Steve Martin (one of my fav contemporary writers--his essays in The Atlantic are illuminating) *"The N-Word" , a book on culture and language Books I want, but don't yet possess: *Two novels, including "Elza's Kitchen", from the brilliant writer, Marc Fitten *Four new books of poetry from four local poets who I admire *Countless "classics" that I missed, or never (yet!) got around to reading... What are some books that are your favorites? Which books do you still yearn to read? Peace, kids.

4 comments:

Lisa Allender said...

A note on "Unsaid"--it is from the author, Neil Abramson. I'm just now diving in. :D

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I've always loved reading, but i can understand that not everyone has the time or patience - i guess its like any hobby or interest, you either get it or you don't

I'm a big fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and have read pretty much everything by Terry Pratchett, who is a very witty writer when at his best (try "Mort" or "The Truth" if you're only going to read one)

More recently I discovered the Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin which i loved because they were so multi-layered and you really had to focus on them (again, if you're only going to read one then i would say The Ressurection Men)

I'm rarely without a book of some sort - right now I'm reading a biography of Bob Dylan that my friend was giving away. I'm never really sure with rock biographies as they tend to gloss things over, but this one is really good

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

oh - but my favourite story is that i used to know someone who worked in a bookshop and was genuinely asked by a customer if Anne Frank had written anything else

I only wish it were a joke

Lisa Allender said...

Wowsers, Pixies--Terry Pratchett-- is one of my hubby's fav authors! I don't read as much so-called "genre" writing as I maybe ought to--I'm going to begin addressing that, by promising to read your two recommendations--one of Terry Pratchett's, and that Ian Rankin's "The Resurrection Man"....
The question you referenced about a customer in a bookstore, asking "Has she written anything else", wowsers, I don't know WHAT TO SAY, to that. Kinda scary someone could be so profoundly ignorant. :(
Oh well, at least they were reading her....