“We are all yeses. We are worthy enough, we passed inspection, we survived the great fetal oocyte extinctions. In that sense, at least — call it a mechanospiritual sense — we are meant to be. We are good eggs, every one of us.”
― Natalie Angier in “Women: An Intimate Geography”
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
Here’s the reading list of the Pulitzer Prize winning books I plan to read over the next several months:
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (2007)
- The Late George Apley, by John Phillips Marquand (1938)
- Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (2018)
- The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2016)
- The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1921)
- The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1939)
- Honey in the Horn, by Harold L. Davis (1936)
- The Reivers, by William Faulkner (1963)
- The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck (1932)
Anyone want to read a book with me? This book has been on my personal reading list for several years and I think now is the time for me to finally read it.
The Epilogue Book club is now reading “Ironweed” by William Kennedy.
We will meet on July 12th to discuss the book.
The Epilogue Book Club is now reading “Lamb in His Bosom” by Caroline Miller.
We will meet on May 31st to discuss the book.
Have you ever finished a book that was so beautifully written that all you could do afterwards is just sit and meditate for a while to let the story settle down into your soul?
That’s how I feel tonight after finishing “Breath” by Tim Winton. I didn’t actually read the book since I listened to the audio version of the book on my mp3 player, but, no matter, the story was profoundly shared, wonderfully told, beautifully written, and now I must sit and meditate on it. I may have to go read the printed version of the book to get another layer of Mr. Winton’s glorious style of spinning a story.