Recently Read: A Wrinkle in Time
"It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real."
I had somehow never read this when I was in middle school, and after raiding our giant room of books at school I decided it was time. It’s so good! The sci-fi/fantasy world Madeleine L’Engle created was so beautiful and fantastic, all while including so many puns and plays on words! And I loved reading a book for young people with such a strong leading lady. Please drop everything you’re doing and go read it if you haven’t done so yet.
"I love myself when I am laughing…and then again when I am looking mean and impressive."
- Zora Neale Hurston
photographs by Carl Van Vechten
This is one of our students, Neveah! She is one of the coolest and wisest kids I know. I’m so excited that Jezebel posted this video earlier today because everyone should get a chance to meet her if only a little bit. Big thanks to my teammate’s friend Ian Moubayed who filmed the video!
What I’ve Read Since My Last Book Post (in November?)
Going After Cacciato
Black Sexual Politics
The Indespensible Zinn
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
The Last Unicorn
Son of Neptune
audio books : Harry Potter 1-4
what I’m currently reading:
HP 3 (en francais)
The Brothers Karamazov
HP 5 (audiobook)
I also just bought 6 books this weekend. Oops.
I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Any book is a children’s book if the kid can read.”
— Mitch Hedberg
Things I’ve Read in the Past Month
The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (finished today)
The Devil visits atheistic Moscow and ish gets cray.
Recommended to me by Jess, this book was such a page-turner. The style of the language is so different from the content of the book, and makes for a very philosophical and political text that is at the same time very surreal and bitingly hilarious. Bulgakov creates a crazy world in which so much is connected and you never know where the next chapter is going to take you. It’s also about Russians, so obviously it’s awesome.
Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (read during my week off from Sandy)
A time-traveling soldier experiences WWII and the bombing of Dresden.
A writer travels to the Caribbean while writing a book on the creation of the atom-bomb and crazy adventures ensue.
I re-read both of these because I had no new books and was shut off from most of the world without trains and a computer. My week off consisted of reading and listening to NPR (what up!). I’d almost forgotten how much I love both of these books because I rarely re-read things (re-reading books, in my opinion, is a privilege for those who have accomplished most of their reading list). Anywho, Kurt Vonnegut is definitely one of my favorite authors and especially one of my favorite anti-war people. If you haven’t read anything by him I highly suggest dropping what you’re doing and reading his work instead.
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (read pre and during Sandy)
A man’s cat and then wife disappears and in his search for them, finds himself in the midst of a strange Tokyo sub-world with a bizarre collection of characters.
Every Murakami book I read I think is better than the last, so it’s no surprise that this one is my new favorite. I’m sure I will like whatever I read of his next even more, but this one was soooooo good. I’m getting a bit tired of how he represents female sexuality in his writing, but like the Master and Margarita, it made me constantly curious what was going to happen next and the interconnected worlds were very fascinating.
- The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Art of Happiness - HH the Dalai Lama
- Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
- The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
- The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
- Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
- On the Road - Jack Kerouac
- Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
- 1984 - George Orwell
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
- Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Ann Jacobs
- Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (almost finished, gave up due to broken kindle and read the ending on wikipedia)
- Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X - as told to Alex Haley
- Yes Means Yes! - Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
- Guns, Germs, & Steel - Jared Diamond
- L’etranger - Albert Camus
Annotated text: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
Talk about engaging with the text…
I am IN LOVE with the Strand’s #underlined texts and #found objects posts!
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