Glad To Be Back

August 13, 2012 § 6 Comments

As much as I needed to relax, I’m glad to be back at the library this afternoon, updating the blog and working on the novel for the first time in several weeks.  I start to feel crazy if I go too long without writing, so today I’m trying to translate the restless anxiety I’ve been feeling for the past few days into manic glee on the page.

That said, I had a great vacation , mostly spent like this, reading in a hammock with my girlfriend.

I read:

May Day by F. Scott’s Fitzgerald, which was far from his best but had some great slapstick moments.

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte, which was hilariously depressing and ugly.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff, which was beautiful and hopeful—but not that funny.

Faithful Place by Tana French, which was great and, though not meant to be funny, made me chuckle when I spoke the Irish dialogue to myself under my breath (“Fecking Jaysus, Da, you banjaxed the whole bollux!”).

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, which had great comedic characters and dialogue.

Grendel by John Gardner, which had some incredibly elucidating cerebral jokes.

Plus, I’m halfway through Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?, which is so perplexingly  funny so far, I’m sure I’ll have a bunch of thoughts on it for the blog when I’m done.  Several chapters have frustrated me, but other parts, such as her repeated insistence that, “all the best artists know where the funny is,” match happily with my own writing.  It’s the sort of challenging book I’ll only understand once I write my way through it, so look forward to a review soon.

In addition to the fiction, I read The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack, a look at the history, biology, and psychology of puns which I’ll review in a post this Friday.

I usually do like to keep the blog on topic and try to only share my thoughts on books here if I’m able to devote enough time to them to go in depth–but I’m just so excited to be back that I couldn’t help but brag about all the books I got to read.

It’s made me realize, though, that I should post a link here to my goodreads account, in case you’re interested in keeping up with every little thing I read.  I’m always interested in what everyone else is reading, so I’d love to be your friend.

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