As you can see from Barb’s intro, reading brought us together. For what it is worth, I didn’t really like the Tom Robbins I was reading when she reached out to me. Here’s a picture of me reading when Barb and I were on vacation. For the record, I am reading Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck, which is better than you might think it would be.
We’re hoping this blog finds readers who like discussions about books. From time to time, something else might find its way in, but more or less we’re here to talk about our love of reading. I don’t have a kindergarten story like Barb, but I will tell you that my gateway drug was Matt Christopher’s books about sports. I read each one of them in the Conneaut School library, probably more than once and always when I was supposed to be asleep.
I should start this with a bit of an introduction …I’m Barb Fischer. I’ve always been an avid reader. The word on the street is that when I went with my mom to meet my kindergarten teacher for the first time I told her that I only wanted to go to school to learn to read. Then I spent another 16 years in school and got an English degree.
The way my husband and I met was online – a dating site, yes! His ‘one of the reasons you should message me’ was: if you want to know what I am reading. I took the bait and asked what he was reading – it was Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, (if you are interested). I was reading my first and last Philip Roth book. And yadda yadda yadda….we got married!
After we got back from our honeymoon, we started a ‘reading project’ (I guess that sounds better than a two-person book club). We decided to read book that no one usually does (but says that they do). We blogged about the experience and I really enjoyed it. So we figured that a blog about books and reading in general (and other stuff too, maybe!) would be kind of cool.
One of the fun things about reading these books which come from another culture is that you can learn about the culture in ways you wouldn’t expect. Yes, you can learn about the psychology of the people, their religious culture, system of justice, etc. You can also learn about the potato. To wit: On the … Continue reading Ulysses: A Potato
I have finished ‘chapters’ 4 and 5, and by jove I might be getting the hang of this thing. Or probably not. I have a feeling that this book is going to keep me on my toes. Chapter 4 is ‘Calypso’ where we meet Leo and his wife Molly Bloom. They are an interesting couple, … Continue reading Ulysses: Hello, Leopold Bloom!
Remember two posts ago…all the brave talk about how “hard ons should be gotten honestly or they shouldn’t be gotten at all” and how Ulysses is words on a page, nothing more? In Joyce’s words… Pretenders of pretenders, then and now. So, as referenced in Barb’s post, chapter two was not unreadable. In fact, it … Continue reading Pretender of Pretenders
I’ve read the next two “chapters” (or whatever they are called) in Ulysses, which means I finished the first part. Whew. This is one weird book. The second chapter was fairly straightforward – Stephen went to work where he is a teacher, the kids went out to play some sport, he helped some kid with … Continue reading Ulysses Part 1: We needed help