and as you can see from my sad posts in all the other categories besides the reading Journal, not much has happened in terms of the projects I had determined to accomplish in 2018.
I did read a lot of books though and that is something, even with all the bike commuting, I still managed to read loads.
So I begin another reading year and in December we went to the independent bookstore, Book Culture owned by a childhood school buddy of Harley's. Lora was in town, and for my big birthday she bought me a few things. Here's what was purchased in the past few months:
- Infinite Jest- David Foster Wallace
- What to Read and Why- Francine Prose
- These Truths: History of the United States- Jill Lepore
- Life of Pi- Yann Martel (for Hiro)
- A Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole
- Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver (for Moxie)
- Outliers: The Story of Success- Malcolm Gladwell (for Hiro)
- Asimov's Guide to the Bible- Isaac Asimov
- Year of Wonder: Classical Music For Every Day- Clemency Burton-Hill
- The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden- Karina Yan Glaser (Hiro, author event)
- How To Sell Your Family to the Aliens- Paul Noth (Hiro, author event)
- Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things-Simon Van Booy (Hiro author event)
- Gertie Milk and the Greak Keeper Rescue- Simon Van Booy (author event)
- See You in the Cosmos- Cheng, Jack (Hiro)
- Inconspicuous Consumption: An Obsessive Look at the Stuff We Take for Granted, from the Everyday to the Obscure-Lukas, Paul
- To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee (for Hiro)
- Waiting For Godot- Samuel Beckett
- 80 Things to Do When You Turn 80-Mark Evan, Chimsky (editor)
Week 1: cut the book in half, to make volume 1 & 2, copied the cover on card stock and taped it on to the second half, so I don't have to carry the whole damn book around.
Week 2: Skipped Tom Bissell's intro and find the first chapter to be manageable, thinking, what's the big deal? This is good!
Week 3: Feeling like I'm intellectually in the loop, when I hear Daniel Radcliffe's character mention Infinite Jest in "The Lifespan of a Fact"
Week 4: on page 21, in the middle of a 5 page paragraph. All I can think every few seconds is...wait that sentence could have started a new paragraph, why didn't he? Stop already! There's another place he could have hit return, indent! Oh God this paragraph goes on for another page! To be followed by another 3 page paragraph! Really? WTF...