It is a perfect night to read and I can think of nothing better than reading old posts on A Little Tour In Yellow.
There is good stuff scattered on this blog, even a picture of a blonde in silk chemise, and you’ll have to settle for that. I am simply tired — too tired, too damn tired — to tired to write. Too tired to think…I’m repeating myself.
I am taking my own advice and reading, and I’ll be reading, too.
I need something light and easy so I will push on with Amore Towles’s novel, Rules of Civility. (You can follow my reading by clicking the Good Reads link on my blog roll.)
Rules of Civility is a very well-written mediocre book. While the writing is indeed quite good, the story is fading on me. I want to like it. I plan to see the author later next month. And I wonder how insulting it will be if I ask: Did you write this with a screenplay in mind?
Ah, yes…well, it will translate easily to film and visually it better sparkle. I am only a third through the book and if anything is going to happen it better happen fast. (We’re in the second reel already, for crying out loud!) Oh, there has been an accident, naturally, but that has turned out to be one of the most disappointing accidents in literature…at least so far it has been. Nevertheless I am holding out hope that there might be a twist to shake things up a bit. Or maybe we’ll go unexpectedly Proustian or something. No…impossible…this novel is solidly an American period piece, a simple — but well-written — American novel.
You, on the other hand, don’t have to bother with such uncertainty. You can simply scroll through this blog and find something fantastic to read and share. When you do find something, tell me about it, too. I like pleasant surprises.
And finally, don’t forget, don’t vote Republican. Good night and sleep well.
- Writing Other Things (alittletourinyellow.wordpress.com)
- What I Read In June 2012 (garth.typepad.com)
- Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility makes a case for the canon (arts.nationalpost.com)
- A Proustian moment (arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com)