Trust me, I have been trying. I simply haven’t had the umph to write much more than the sort of stuff you are reading right now. But that’s ok. I am settling, like an old building, and will rest more firmly on my foundation when this listing finds its end.
Until that happens, why don’t I share some trivia?
You probably don’t know, for example, that nearly all my posts are written in bed. Yep. It is true. And I am thinking of changing that approach so people can divide my blogging oeuvre (thank you Marieke) — my opus, as you might say — based on the bed and post-bed lacunae. Or something.
I do many things very well in bed — primarily involving naps — and I am not sure accomplishing written work is one of them.
And as I list and settle, at least in an epistoler sort of way, I have been reading. My bedside books keep me company and I am very much impressed by the books I haven’t yet read. (cf. Photo of books. The best are hidden from view.) I want to point out in particular The Master and Margarita, a book I will be returning to in just a moment.
The Master and Margarita is — in a word — a gem. It is clever, engaging, and I suspect woven with a great deal of metatext. Author Mikhail Bulgakov, apparently a well-known and tolerated Stalin-era Russian novelist, pulls off a thoughtful, surreal kind of satire that is entirely original and accessible. And I learned today that Mick Jagger is somewhat taken by the book as was one of my humanities professors, George Kliger. That’s all the endorsement I need.
The copy I picked up is a 1967 paperback which smells delightfully of the old musty bookstores you cannot find anymore. I enjoy thinking that this copy might have been on a rotating book rack in a drugstore somewhere back when drugstores sold books and people bought them there. I have a nostalgia for that sort of thing, especially those things I never really knew myself. Fantasy can be more real than reality, which, by the way, might be a theme at play in The Master and Margarita. I’m not sure…yet.
So I better return to my reading. And, please keep in mind that while I might not be writing much and I expect you suspect me of slacking, nothing could be further from the truth. I have been working hard, reading a lot, and keeping people happy. That will hold me for a while and it will have to hold you, too.
Read a book. Do something good for someone. And make no excuses. That doesn’t sound all that bad, does it?
- A Young Doctor’s Notebook: from the operating table to the screen (guardian.co.uk)
- Exploring 3 very different writers’ houses (rbth.ru)
- Out with the new, in with the old (guardian.co.uk)
- Tom Bullough’s Top Ten Science Fiction Reads (thepenguinblog.typepad.com)
- Author and Book Trivia ~ Consume At Your Own Risk 🙂 (nfaa.wordpress.com)