Monthly Archives: November 2011

Update – 11/29/11

Since I will probably be busy over the next week I’ll try to read a short book, something that I could easily get through in a day. I have a used copy of Voltaire’s Candide on my bookshelf that I skimmed through back in 2007 for a philosophy class. I’ll probably start reading it later this evening or tomorrow morning, and hopefully I can have a new entry up by Thursday night.

I’m not sure what book I plan to read after that. I kind of want to switch over to poetry or a collection of short stories, but if I decide to do one of those, I need to decide if I’ll make an entry based on a line/sentence from each poem/short story.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Narcissistic statuses and nebulous dreams

“I had meant by telling them my dream that I had taken them in, because only people who were very important to me had ever shown up in my dreams. I did not know if they understood that.” – Lucy, pg. 15

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

At 10:48am on November 28, 2011, on Facebook, 12 of my friends are officially online, and possibly a few others who have chosen to avoid FB chat. But out of those friends, I can see that two are actually listening to indie bands and gangsta rap on Spotify, three are posting additional family photos from Thanksgiving, several have been tagged in some embarrassing photos from a bar, and the rest are complaining about work/giving general updates about their day so far/posting song lyrics to reflect emotional mood. Continue reading

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Unemployed and uncertain

 “How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves.” – A Death in the Family, pg. 87

A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family by James Agee

This entry is long overdue, but I haven’t been motivated to read frequently over the past couple of weeks. My focus has been on finding a job. I’d be lying if I said the lack of success in this area wasn’t starting to get to me. I’m going to abandon any formality given off in the last few entries and just speak plainly. Continue reading

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Update – 11/15/11

I really wanted to have my entry for A Death in the Family uploaded by today, but unfortunately this week’s been pretty hectic. Hopefully I can have it up by Friday night at the latest.

The next book on my list is going to be Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid. I’m choosing this book because I’ve never read it. I purchased it a couple of years ago because it was on the reading list for a Writing Fiction course I took, but we never got around to reading it. Hopefully it’s enjoyable and thought-provoking.

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Gold star

“I really must learn to read, except I’m afraid it will make it awfully hard for me in school next year if I already know things. I think it will be better if people go on thinking I’m not very bright. They won’t hate me quite so much.” – Charles Wallace, A Wrinkle In Time, pg. 31

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The moment you realize school isn’t always a happy place doesn’t come with the first bully who decides that your square pepperoni pizza or overcooked hot dog would look much better on his plate.The moment you realize school isn’t always a happy place doesn’t come with the first time you scrape your knee against the wood chips after a bad jump from a swing, or the first time you slip on the monkey bars and the metal catches you between the legs, stopping you from falling but sending a sharp pain through your groin and a ringing through your bones. Continue reading

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Update – 11/7/11

November 7, 2011 – For some reason I had trouble sleeping last night, so I ended up finishing A Wrinkle In Time before I fell asleep. I ended up noting three sentences I wanted to consider writing about, and depending on how I feel later I might end up making three entries for A Wrinkle In Time. Additionally, I’m going to go back and change the titles of the other entries, seeing as how “Based on a sentence from (insert book title)” really doesn’t make the entry seem all that interesting. A Death in the Family by James Agee is still the next book on my list.

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November 7, 2011 · 1:44 pm

The opposite of this

“That was when I learned that words are no good; that words don’t ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn’t care whether there was a word for it or not.” – Addie, As I Lay Dying, page 171

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Excuse the generality of this entry, but I just want to share something I’ve always found astounding. Continue reading

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