Discovering the Relevance of Words
One of my favorite columns to read is Nick Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading,” which is featured on a monthly basis in The Believer. Much like Hornby, I find that I buy an inordinate amount of books throughout the month, and yet only get an opportunity to read a few of them over the course of 30 days.
Having purchased a Kindle Fire has allowed me to carry several digital books with me on a regular basis, and in the course of a weekend, I’ve read more than I have in several months. I’m excited to spend a night on the couch, reading a book (yes, I’ll still refer to e-books as books), or even grabbing a few minutes between classes as my students shuffle to their seats. I’m finally, once again, enamored with the words on the page.
Each Monday, I will publish a list of what I’ve purchased, read, or am planning on reading during the week. This way you can follow along, and maybe join in on the conversation. I will definitely post reviews of the books as well, so you get a bit of insight into what I enjoy.
So, this week, By The Light of My Kindle Fire:
1. Chuck Palahniuk – Phoenix (Kindle Single) (read it)
2. Augusten Burroughs – Take Five: Four Favorite Essays Plus One Never-Been-Seen Essay
3. Kurt Vonnegut – 2 B R 0 2 B
4. Margaret Atwood – Positron: Episodes 1-3 (read it)
5. Margaret Atwood – The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode Four (read it)
7. Nick Hornby – Everyone’s Reading Bastard (Kindle Single) (read it)
8. Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5 (read it)
That’s it for this Monday! I’ll post a couple of reviews throughout the week. Maybe we can start a Poetry Question Book Group? Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and if you enjoyed them.