Brain Barf

May contain traces of nuts.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

A whole lot of nothing for no reason at all.

I have no will-power what-so-ever. If I pick up a good book and start to read, there is no reprieve until it is completely digested.
Yesterday morning I picked up a book that I had been meaning to read. 508 pages later, my mind feels mostly sated, my eyes a little fuzzy, but I can always gorge on more literature. It was Anne-Marie MacDonalds, "Fall on your knees", and it was just down right tasty.
Sometimes I go to the "fast food books" for a quick fix. But more and more often, I find myself hungry for books that really make my brain strain, and open to ideas that it may not have been open to before. Before this last feast I devoured something I've never even sampled before. It was middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I partook of a new exotic dish there. Wowzee. Somebody bring me some water?
Yes, I'm fishing for a recommendation for a good 7 course book. Any one who says the "Bible or BOM" will get pinched, except Joe he will like it, because I have already read my Aesops fables, and know how they end.
I wonder if this would be an appropriate thread at the fruit stand? lol....Fruit stand.....I crack myself up... ;o) Maybe a book of the day, oops month club?

5 Comments:

  • At Tuesday, July 06, 2004 3:40:00 PM, Blogger Miranda said…

    I'm with you, I need some weightier reading here and there. Sounds like you enjoyed your books more than I enjoyed "Mulvaneys." I'm off to finish up "Primary Colors," I loved the movie and I hope I will love the book even more.

     
  • At Tuesday, July 06, 2004 5:30:00 PM, Blogger Jo said…

    Wait, Come back! Can you push my wheelchair over to the fruit stand? Pleeeeeeeze? Keri! Come back! Help! I'm stuck! It's not pee, I swear, I spilled my water, honest! Shit now my teeth fell out...can you hand them to me....Kerrrrrrrrriiiiiiii!

     
  • At Tuesday, July 06, 2004 6:58:00 PM, Blogger Jo said…

    I am jealous. I want to read. If you can find time and if Miranda can find time I should be able to find time. I am going to seriously take a look at where I spend my time and try to figure out where I can do it. I always think I can read while sitting on the patio each night but the dogs and kids and hubby demand my attention. Hey! I had stated before I would start going to the library for an hour every other day to read. I should just do that. Hard to be found there, right? :)

    Thanks for the review, Keri

     
  • At Friday, July 09, 2004 9:57:00 AM, Blogger Dave said…

    I want someone in our internet circle to read "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb, so I keep recommending it. I'm telling you, if you're disappointed with that book, I will buy you a new one!! (I feel confident I'll never have to buy you a new one...)

     
  • At Monday, July 12, 2004 1:47:00 PM, Blogger Brew said…

    I seem to be the same way with books and will read 400 - 500 pages in a sitting and always have a stack of eight or nine books sitiing around that I mean to read. The problem with suggestions is we never know the mood that will hit you, but here's a few that I read recently and enjoyed.

    Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond

    This was a NYTimes bestseller so there's a good chance you've already seen or heard about it, but I found it to be a very interesting look at why Eurasian cultures seemed to develop faster and come to dominated global politics rather than African / American / Polynesian cultures.

    House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski

    I've seen a few bad reviews on this one, but one of the few horror books to ever leave the hairs on my arms standing up. Most make me laugh, or shrug at most.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins

    No, not the actor, this guy is one of the funniest, wittiest, inventive authors around today, and this book is one of his best. His philosophy to writing? "Personally, I ask four things of a novel: that it make me think, make me laugh, make me horny, and awaken my sense of wonder. If many months have passed in which I've not encountered such a book, I know it's time to try to write one. I take out a sheet of blank paper and simply commence." Robbins is my favorite author out there these days.

    Reefer Madness - Eric Schlosser

    Muck-raking expose about how the American black market is radically altering society, focusing on marijuana, immigrant farm workers, and pornography. You read Eric Schlosser to get angry at society if you're not already.

     

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