Mac decided he wanted to share what he’s been reading this winter:
It’s a frustrating period of the year. On these fabulous cold wet muddy days when smells and wet can be found everytime I can escape the house, myy masters have been sitting like fools “inside”, if you can believe it, watching something really foolish on a screen. They sit and watch a bunch of big men, all dressed up rather gay bright tight outfits grunt a lot running and hitting each other. Regularly, they come to a big stop all jammed up in a pile. Then they do a pose all hunched over in a line , and begin the chase anew. They are fighting over a brown ball. While they repeat these plays over and over, a large crowd yells at them. Back and forth they go, beating each other up. When they sometimes almost escape at the end of the fields, the crowds go wild. I don’t understand WHY I have to sit and watch these ridiculous human displays too, so I snuck off and began to read some of their Christmas books…………….
PS: It has gotten worse. This week, the masters are watching an even MORE ridiculous event on that big screen. Two humans stand on each side of a net and hit a little ball back and forth with a paddle. Back and forth, back and forth. What a waste of time. Not a dog to be seen ANYWHERE!!
But really………..I thought I’d mention a couple books I really enjoyed. Their not necessarily gonna change MY world, I simply enjoyed reading them.
1) WAITER RANT, the book by Steve Dublanica.
**What a FUN read, and even I simply as an occasional diner recognized some of these characters he writes about on both sides of the table. This was fun diversion. THE BLOG is still active for viewing: WAITER RANT .
2) THE LINE OF BEAUTY by Alan Hollinghurst .
**The link to Alan’s bibliography is interesting because it describes things he’s written before Line of Beauty, and a couple of them sound rich to read. Yes, he’s gay writer.
**This is 400 pages of heavier reading, but fascinating how a young gay schemer rises in society through his friendship with the son of upper middle class Thatcher politicos of the time. What a con artist, and how smooth is he! It really exposes the hypocrisy of conservative folk. This one takes time. **YOU MAY have been the delightful series on LOGO TV? It was produced by the BBC.
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Now the 1st PRIZE for winter reading.
THIS best-selling Dutch book was so full and powerful to ME, that I had to pause occasionally to keep from being overcome by the narrators world. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes lonely and stoic, sometimes RICH with human feeling and emotion it was.
The story lifts and takes the reader on a ride through all possible imaginations these words could produce in our emotional world: Lonely, being Alone.., confusion, clarity ……. AND what those two things mean in EVERY twist of your mind. The translation alone was skilled enough, I thought often I was reading IN Dutch. THIS was captivating to me!
3) THE TWIN by Gerbrand Bakker.
**Yes, Gerbrand Bakker is gay, but this is NOT a gay novel. It is such a “quiet” but wonderful read, though, it captures much of the human experience. Jessa Crispin at NPR called this book the BEST 2009 work of foreign fiction. It’s BARELY just been released in the U.S.
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And thanks to Dr. R, er, SPO, I MUST end with this quote about one writer’s thoughts about getting some “therapy”. . . . . . . .
“A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions that your wife will ask for free.” — Joey Adams.