These are the things that are happening when my reading gets out of focus:
- I have too much work that needs to be done (and heavy traffic on the way home) and I just want to hit the sacks early. The problem is, I just lie around doing nothing while waiting for hunger to strike me down.
- I am looking for a new place. And you know what’s on the top of my list of considerations? Book and shelf space.
- I am spending way too much time on mobile games and I can’t seem to delete them from my phone.
- I have an inner turbulence that I have to get through. Fortunately, this does not count now.
- I am reading more books than I could handle. Infinite Jest, Great Expectations, and Love in the Time of Cholera (and Les Miserables). I realize that I am not a good polyreader. So I am going to finish these three and return to monogamy.
I may not be reading a lot of books but I am definitely reading a lot of online stuff. Here are some of the interesting links that I found this week:
- Should literature be taught within the confines of the classroom? – I’ve always been interested to take further studies in any of the fields of humanities (particularly literature, comparative literature, fill-in-the-blank literature), but this essay got me thinking whether or not literature can be really taught in an academic setup.
- Book covers: do they still matter? – Have you ever bought books based solely on their covers? I don’t remember having done that, but it’s nice to see great artistry representing the books that you like, even if it’s just once in a while.
- A criticism on Entertainment Weekly’s list of 100 greatest books of all time – I am not impressed with the magazine’s list, not to mention that one has to click through every image just to see all the books that made it to its Top 100. Good thing that there are resources elsewhere to run a quick scan at the titles.
- Do you pretend to have read particular books? – The list includes those giant Russian novels (Dostoyevsky, Hugo, Tolstoy) and classics that are usually included in lists of great books.
- Writing tips from Joyce Carol Oates – Despite the Twitter controversy last week, I still gravitate toward her, which is quite weird because I haven’t read any of her novels. But I’ve read her short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? when I was still a bumbling college freshman.
- Literary ailments – I’ve heard of trichobezoar (something that has to do with hair). Any bet on what its literary equivalent is?
- The Spark Project is rekindled – Lovers of To Kill a Mockingbird should read this reader/blogger interview.
- Some posts from The Folio Prize blog: Michael Cunningham on Ulysses and To the Lighthouse, and Joe Dunthorne on Revolutionary Road.
- Here are essays that I haven’t finished reading yet (in other words, I have only browsed them but I will read them later): something on professional criticism, something on being an only child, something on being shy, and something on suicide.
- Book Reviews: Arrowsmith, Bulalo Soup for the Sole, Cloud Atlas, and The Grapes of Wrath.