Argh, catching up after vacation is hard. I keep forgetting to write reviews of the books I read on vacation. They were not that numerous, all things considered.
So here is what I want from you.
1. Advice. I likedish Three Men in a Boat but then I remembered that Jerome K. Jerome and I are implacable sworn enemies. Because of this one time that Jerome K. Jerome said that this magazine The Chameleon should be pursued by the cops, and Oscar Wilde had contributed some perfectly reasonable things to The Chameleon, and then the Marquess of Queensberry was all, “What is this Chameleon business? Eek! Sodomy!” and one thing led to another and before you know it Oscar Wilde was in court explaining why a story about a pervy priest that he had not written was a bad story. And then he was sentenced to two years of hard labor and only the Bible and Charles Dickens to read. So.
Wait, I forgot what this was about.
Oh right. Where you come in: There is a BBC film of Three Men in a Boat, starring Tim Curry, and I had chosen not to watch it because I like Tim Curry, but I hate Jerome K. Jerome more. But now it turns out Tom Stoppard wrote it, and I am just not sure whether I hate Jerome K. Jerome more than I love Tom Stoppard. I’m not sure I love anyone more than I love Tom Stoppard, particularly since I am going to see Arcadia later this year. Thoughts? Do I love Tom Stoppard more than I hate Jerome K. Jerome?
2. Self-promotion by you. What did you post while I was away? Did you read anything particularly awesome that you feel I should know about? Did you write a particularly witty and insightful Sunday Salon post? Please link me! I am going to Mark All As Read in my Google Reader very soon, just as soon as I find a way to force myself to do it. I hate Marking All As Read. I will find it easier if you link me links and imply to me that the links in questions are the best links for me to read.
3. Praise and support. When I was away, I found a copy of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Bird’s Nest. Rejoice with me, Jackson fans! I’m saving it for a gloomy day. Also, I have given up the word “like” for Lent. I think I can do it! I can still use it in places where it is reasonable to use it, but I won’t use it as conversational filler. I am hoping that by the end of Lent, I will have fallen out of the habit of saying “like”, and will stop it forever.
I love you! Once I catch up on work I will be properly back, with the posting and the commenting.