Sunday, September 23, 2007

This n that

I loved the comments on yesterday's post. Here I thought I was the villain in that story, and yet many of you see the teacher as the villain. Huh. Not at all the reaction I expected.

I went down to the library yesterday as I'm bookless. Only one book on my list was available (I'd love to get a few book recommendations btw) and it's by one of my favorite authors. Anne Lamott. She can write about the messiness of life and make it beautiful. And funny. By page three, I was crying laughing. (a bit having to do with poo of course) I had to put the book down though because this needs to last me the week, and I would have just read the whole thing through yesterday. This one is her newest called "Grace (eventually)".

The trees are yellowing around here. Some are even redding. The wind kicked up yesterday and leaves were flying through the sky, riding the currents and waves and eddies. For me, this is a bittersweet time. I adore the changing seasons, but dread the frigid icebox of winter. I'm working on embracing instead of dreading, but hey, I'm only human.


Chunks said...

Oh fall is such a bittersweet time for me too. I love it!

You, laugh at a poo story? Never! LOL!

Lemuel said...

Our leaves are just starting to hint at changing. It is much too warm here. It is to be in the mid-upper-80's (F) this week.

I must admit that I face winter this year with some trepidation because of our extended commute over back roads.

Cooper said...

Autumn is such a fleeting season here. Equinox yesterday. It is only three degrees here this morning, and misty ... softly amorphus. Winter is just around the corner, and I'm not quite ready to embrace it yet, either.

I love Anne Lamott, and will look for her Grace (eventually). What a wonderful title!

May I recommend Forests of the Heart, by Charles de Lint. It's a book I think you would love.

Devo said...

I feel the same way about autumn, it's by far my favorite season but a prelude to the death of the year. It's all about embracing change and starting anew I suppose, but I wish fall lasted 5 months here instead of winter. I guess I appreciate the prelude more than the ending.

Laverne said...

I started a new book last night by Richard Bach. The Ferret Chronicles or something like that.

Man,it is not Illusions. I think that boy has gone off his rocker.

I'll send it to you and see if you make sense of it.

(Damn it, now I can't even fill out the form correctly)

Ed said...

Do you like Sci-fi with a touch of romance? go to and look for Ruby Moon-Houldson. She has written several books and become close friends with Leonard Nimoy. She has an Office shaped like a giant spaceship out on her front lawn where she does her writing. Oh yeah, she is also my second cousin.

GayProf said...

I am currently reading a sociological interpretation of sperm and semen in U.S. society. It's not as well done, though, as I hoped.

The last fiction I read was Armistead Maupin's Michael Tolliver Lives. It was nostalgic to visit the old crew from 28 Barbary Lane.

Lewis said...

Lamott rocks! I loved Traveling Mercies.

dbv said...

i have always been a huge fan of "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole, it was one of two books he wrote before he killed himself. It's a laugh out loud riot, and Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking" is a great read too.

em said...

I love it that you thought you were sharing an ugly secret and you ended up being able to see it in a different light instead.

David said...

Some books:

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night). A funny, laugh out loud tale of a family slowly coming apart at the seams

Stardust -the book and the movie

The Ruins by Scott Smith. A good, creepy story but not as horrific as it wants to be.

Michael Tolliver Lives- I think I've recommend thi before.

If you can find it, A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans. A really great, literary horror story.

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. If you've ever watched the brilliant Venture Bros. on Cartoon Network, you'll enjoy this book on superheroes.

RJ March said...

Currently: Purple America by Rick Moody. And it is quite moody, very compelling, beautifully written.

I'm trying to figure out if I miss autumn yet.

You should read Hard or Looking For Trouble-- both very good reads;)

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Autumn is my favorite season. It's really too bad that Arizona skips it and extends summer for a few more months.

Eric said...

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Most blogs allow you to enter your blog url in a special field in the comment section. If the blog doesn't have that feature, then you will also need to put my url in the comment.

ThatGuy said...

Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis is a totally twisted if not, quick and enjoyable read. The central character, a burned-out private eye is hired by a corrupt politician to find a second "backup" US Constitution, which had been lost in a whorehouse by Nixon. What follows is a scavenger hunt across America, exposing its seedier side along the way.

I gave it 4 cloven hooves (out of 5) @ The Gilded Palace of Sin.

Jen said...

Just heard the author of "The Book of Stan" (Babiuk) being interviewed on CBC. Sounds good.

Anonymous said...

Ooops, "The book of Stanley" by Todd Babiuk

Anonymous said...

a walk in the woods, by bill bryson. about a guy who walks the appalachian trail, non fiction. your kind of book, the author is witty and sardonic, but with a good heart.
like you.

donna and nathan too!

Truthspew said...

If you're in the mood to get a wee bit pissed about some things may I suggest the following:

Internal Combustion by Edwin Black
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo (He of the Standford Prison Experiment)
Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren

Check out your public library btw. That's how I get lots of my reading material but thankfully we have a good public library here that isn't really public but derives its support from the city and state.

Truthspew said...

I too enjoyed Michael Tolliver Lives and as usual, Maupin has left me wanting to read more.