I’m watching a documentary named Stone Reader, and its fascinating. So much so, it has stirred memories of all the books I own, and especially the first book I ever read, kept, and still own to this day
They also talk about one time book writers, which is what the movie is about. A book by an author that is never heard of again. No one knows the whereabouts of this author, incluing whether or not he is alive. They also talk about Margaret Michell, Salinger, and other famous one time published authors. He reviews his collection of novels, and the types of books he loves. The other fascinating part is when he discusses books with his longtime friends and family. His mother describes how he was never without book at his side, no matter where they were.
This all reminds me of how I’ve accumulated all the books I still own. All the books I’ve given to people, reading books recommended by friends, and best of all; having a conversation about a book I recomended to a friend.
Truman Capote with Breakfast at Tiffany’s AND In Cold Blood, Harper Lee, and Emily Bronte are all famous after publishing only one book. I once found a copy of Crime & Punishment in a hospital gift shop for 50 cents. It was required reading for my AP English class in high school. I never read it. We were also required to read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which I almost threw away at the time because I was sick of reading about girls getting married. “A sixteen year-old in East L.A. needs to think about other, more important things,” I thought to myself as I threw the book at a wall, screaming because I couldn’t finish the book.
I try to keep every book I’ve read over the years, but it has been difficult to do while moving every few years. Luckily, I am an expert packer by now and plan to never leave my books behind. I do, however, toy with the idea of donating all the books I own to a local library one day.
We’ll see how it goes…
I finished reading Steig Larsson’s “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and was blown away. It was such a great crime/mystery fiction story that also used Journalism as a background to the subplot. I was constantly amazed with his writing style, and never felt like he missed anything along the way. His character development was astonishingly hypnotic. I immediately tried to find out when the third novel to the series was going to be released only to be disappointed that it’s only sold overseas at the moment, and out of stock at any local stores.
I’m finding myself surprised by how moved I was by his main characters. Makes me wish the author was still alive to continue working on the fourth manuscript to the series. I just hope they don’t get some hack editor to finish the story for him.
I also just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s “The Year of the Flood.” It has a strange beginning, and goes back and forth between the present and past events surrounding the main characters. The other surprising element is the religious/activist group called the “Gardeners” who are extreme vegetarians, quite religious, and led by a man aptly named Adam One. The group consists of Adams and Eves who are numbered based on their skills. Some are former corporate scientists who joined the group because they were disgusted with the corporate practice of using their own employees as guinea pigs for their new pharmacutical practices. Others had skills outside science, but related, such as botany, farming skills, and self defense.
Atwood draws a fairly grim outlook on the future practice of corporations and people, and there is almost no governance to speak of. Everything is run by corporations who has a highly paid security group called CorpsSeCorp. I was hooked on the last few chapters and stayed up all night trying to finish the book before falling asleep with it laying on my face.
I’m now reading “Level 26: Dark Origins” which claims to be the first “Digi-Novel” with an interactive plot line. Some chapters have a code word you can use to watch videos on the books website. You can even have the serial killer from the novel call your cell phone and leave messages for you to follow along. Really f*ing creepy. I chose not to participate in the phone calls, otherwise I’d have nightmares.
I still have a list of books to get through and I’m trying to get as much reading done as possible since my workload is going to get crazy later in November. Not to mention all the holidays are right around the corner.
Time to sit in a corner and read myself to sleep again.
I’m officially depressed. Slightly.
I’ve waited a long time to see Micheal Moore’s film Sicko, and I never really knew the details of the film, but watching it now makes me glad I waited after I got health insurance. An odd opinion I’m sure, but makes more sense after watching the film. I hate the coverage I have and I try not to take it for granted. The few parts of the film my boyfriend watched made him a little upset, and was enough for me to wish I could move to another country, but alas I love my country (begrudgingly), and my life here.
Another enlightening moment happened while reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, also the author of The Girl Who Played with Fire. The portion of the novel dealing with financial journalism was a bit painful to read through, but the underlying plot of a domestic violence against women is astonishing. Even more intriguing are the legal terms for Trustee and Guardianship for wards of the state or government due to mental illness, drug/alcohol abuse, and juveniles who have no family to take guardianship.
I realize the two items I’ve mentioned are not related, but are things that I think about.