Monday, October 24, 2005

On the Pile

Confessions is good for the soul, right? Too bad it won't do much for my bank account. I really meant to pick up a couple of gossips mags and get out. But between the door and the magazines lay my greatest weakness: paperbacks.

All things considered, I think I showed remarkable restraint by walking out with only two paperbacks and two magazines (US---which will not give up on Nick & Jess---and People---which can't tell Jennifer Aniston from her body double). I can honestly say that fashion and "women's" magazines hold very little appeal for me anymore. Why would I want to hunt through hundred of advertisements for two little articles on clothes that I can't afford or exercise programs I won't follow anyway and that are the exact same as the program they published last year and I didn't follow?

Added to the pile this week:

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Time and again, I've seen stories about people trying to ban this book from schools and libraries. I want to see for myself what all the fuss is about.

Best American Short Stories, 2005 ed. by Michael Chabon
I love these "Best" collections, even if they are really just the literary world's equivalent of the high school yearbook (i.e., it's usually full of the popular kids and rarely includes any truly surprising or challenging stories). But I occasionally find a new author or just get to enjoy a story by some of my favorites. And I just really admire people who can write short stories, because they are so much more difficult to write than full novels.

I've also been using the library request to full advantage. I've gotten interested in ayurveda, so I recently picked up Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide by Deepak Chopra and Ayurveda: A Life of Balance by Maya Tiwari.

P.S. While typing this, I'm listening to the new Martina McBride album Timeless and loving it. Especially her cover of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden." I may be playing that repeatedly today. Apologies to my work neighbors!


At 10:40 AM , Blogger bdogg_mcgee said...

Let me know how Bless Me, Ultima turns out. I'm all about reading books people make a fuss about!

It always seems to me that people who want the books banned are those who haven't actually read it, they've just heard from their church group that there's evil stuff in there.

Nice, huh? I want to yell at these people to start thinking for themselves!!!

At 10:59 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

That, or they read or see something "evil" where no one else sees it (like assuming homosexuality whenever two people of the same gender share a bed), which makes you wonder how moral they can possibly be if that's where their minds automatically go.

It's like people who see a beautiful picture of a naked child and call it pornography. Is there something wrong with the picture or with the person who sees a naked child and thinks it is sexual?

At 1:56 PM , Blogger Bearette24 said...

I personally love pictures of naked children (just kidding).

Let me know how the Ayurvedic book is! I am very Vata and the Vata diet seems to be helping.

At 10:42 AM , Blogger Frema said...

My mother loves to sing that song (the original) to my twelve-year-old sister when it's time for her to go to bed. She hates it. I laugh my ass off.


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