Who/what are you reading right now?
Post the book you’re currently reading, and your thoughts on it.
I’m in between books but I last read Christopher Moore’s The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. He’s a humour writer and his books are pretty wacky, but they’re perfect when you’re looking for something light and getting exhausted reading deep, emotional stories!
Just finished Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. I’m somewhat embarrassed to say I’ve never even seen Portlandia (she was co-creator), but I super admire Sleater-Kinney, and this memoir of her progression as a musician is so intelligent and emotive.
Ooh great thread. I’m really into Indian literature right now, currently making my way through Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy which is 1500 pages long, but a really compelling read. I’m trying to diversify my reading list to read more authors who are not from a white/English speaking background.
I Just finished reading Sapiens a brief history of humankind. People should read this book, it deals with the most important questions of human evolution and current affairs. All of that as background to engage with the most burning questions of our time, such as environmental destruction, democracy, and technology. I bet a lot of us need some foundations for understanding the world we travel.
I’m reading IT, by Stephen King. Though it is an older book, it will still give you a fright. I love his dark twist on such normal-day imagery. The biggest qualm with this is that it is nearly 1200 pages, so you are in for a long haul.
I’m reading a series of Andrea Barrett’s books – Ship Fever, Voyage of the Narwhal, Servants of the Map, Archangel. She writes with grace and lucidity about the lives of scientists and explorers. She works deftly with the invisibility of women in those professions in the 18th and 19th centuries. Study her to learn about poetic restraint.
I’m now onto a local Nelson author named Anne DeGrace, a book called Treading Water. It goes from like 1904 to near present time in the area where I live, exposing me to how things used to be here when it was first being settled (lots of mining). I’ve always read books located in the places I travel to, but for some reason I’ve shied away from books set where I actually live. Time to change that.
I’m reading The Lost Continent – Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson. This book is a perfect description of how uncharming and boring small town America is. Gas stations, hotels/motels town squares with insurnace companies, a lawyers office, a place called “Eats” and a bunch of fat people stuffing their faces with over-sized portions of food. Bryson is hilariously truthful!! I thought small towns would be cute and cozy, but they are not all that endearing. I don’t know whether to thank Bill for the truth about small-town America or being mad at him for destroying the coziness that existed in my mind for so long. I’m going with the former.
Ouch, Tony. I live and have lived in little towns in America. Too many of them have become gentrified and “charming.” This book was published in 2001 – in the last fifteen years western small towns have become go-to destinations, all to their detriment. As far as what’s left of the original small towns in the mid-west, Eastern Oregon, Washington, I’ll take a honest five dollar burger in a small town diner over a gussied-up $15. burger in a “up-scaled” big city joint. As for fat? There are many of us challenging the negative connotations of fat. Fat means nothing about a person’s character or intelligence. It might be illuminating for you to look up the history of some of the small towns in your area – and check out this website: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/are-we-born-racist/201207/prejudice-against-fat-people
Mary, yeah I was a little harsh. I would rather eat a burger in a small town diner than a big burger joint. I know fat means nothing about a persons character or intelligence. Thanks for the article. It was a good read. I guess I’m having issues with seeing a lot of friends looking and feeling unhealty due to their food lifestyle and they are not doing anything about it. I know there are many reasons for food indulgence i.e. abuse, environment, etc. By no means do I have a body like Atlas, but I do discipline myself more and exercise regualry.