Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Recent Reading

Recently Lisa had to crash the computer in order to save it. Apparently we caught a virus which led to total paralysis. Among the things lost was my list of books I've read over the past several years. So posting this is not a matter of pride, but of security--the internet will outlast this hard drive for sure.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman. John Fowles
Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own. Woolf, again.
The Crying of Lot 49. Thomas Pynchon
Daisy Miller. Henry James
An American Childhood. Annie Dillard

Dillard is the only recreational reading I've done lately--the rest are for the Masters Exam in Nov.

Currently reading:
Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte
Phaedo. Plato


Blogger Bob said...

Hey Bro,

This has nothing to do with your blog, but I can't e-mail from work so I thought I'd drop something here. I am interviewing at the Wade Center, as you know, and I've been reading up on the "VII" (Inklings, etc.). Thought you'd be interested to know that Tolkien was a lecturer in Anglo-Saxon, translated, among other things, "Sir Gawain", "Sir Orfeo", and actually wrote and sang songs in Anglo-Saxon with his buddies. Also, Owen Barfield was apparantly a proponent of Anthroposophy, an obscure Christianish movement that is heavily indebted to the thought of Coleridge. Interesting, no?

2:21 PM  
Blogger mickrect said...

Some folks really like Tolkein's trans. of both poems, I've never read them since they're kind of hard to find. You should take a few moments and read Orfeo, it's a great short poem (600 lines). I did not know that he wrote songs and such.

Coleridge had his whole utopia phase and planned to move to PA (!) to start it, but it failed--they all do.

5:48 AM  
Blogger mickrect said...


I posted on your blog concerning those early memories.

7:05 AM  
Blogger billiam said...

hey mike. just to let you know, if i ever need a book that i cannont find, i will usually go to either or powells will have a better (and usually pricyer [is that a word?]). however with powells you can find first editions, signed copies and such. if i can't find a hard cover copy of what i want- i will go there. they seem to have everything.

5:46 AM  
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Blogger mattreed said...


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9:14 PM  

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