Thursday, February 14, 2008
After the honeymoon, etc.
I had a post ready for today, but I liked this suggestion from Chris even better, so … thanks, Chris!
Here’s something for Valentine’s Day.
Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?
I'm either pretty loyal or my favorites are fairly consistent because I can't think of anything that applies here. I have read mid-career books I consider so good that I'm convinced the author can never write anything else that comes close; unfortunately, that has the effect of stopping me from reading the books that come after. . . I haven't read any Ian McEwan since Atonement topped my favorites list of 2002 and I haven't read any Barbara Kingsolver since Poisonwood Bible (although I did buy Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last year so maybe I can get over this foible and stop punishing authors for past achievements).
And here's last week's But, enough about books. . .
Okay, even I can’t read ALL the time, so I’m guessing that you folks might voluntarily shut the covers from time to time as well… What else do you do with your leisure to pass the time? Walk the dog? Knit? Run marathons? Construct grandfather clocks? Collect eggshells?
Obviously, I procrastinate since this should have posted this last week! Sometimes it amazes me how well I've honed this skill while neglecting so many others that would do me more good.
I like to hike, go to museums, concerts and plays. I go to "cards night" with the girls. I like to go out to dinner so that I don't have to cook. But since I can't do any of these activities near as often as I'd like I find myself:
~obsessing over politics
~obsessing over future reading plans
~messing around with the parrots
~annoying the cats
~listening to music
I don't watch a lot of TV--Stewart and Colbert sometimes, and usually then only clips on the internet-- and sometimes I wonder why we bother to have Netflix--we'll often have a movie for weeks before we get around to watching it.
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