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The Diamond in the Window
I'm a reader with two children.
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Oh! It's on the mixtape, when his verse comes on (2/3 of the way through the song) he name-checks Maurice Sendak: High speed, dubbin' these rhymes in my dual cassette deck Runnin' out of time like I'm Jonathan Larson's rent check My mind is where the wild things are, Maurice Sendak In withdrawal, I want it all, please give me that pen back Y'all, I caught my first beatin' from the other kids when I was caught readin' "Oh, you think you smart? Blah! Start bleedin'" My pops tried in vain to get me to fight back Sister tapped my brains, said, pssh, you'll get 'em right back Oversensitive, defenseless, I made sense of it, I pencil in The lengths to which I'd go to learn my strengths and knock 'em senseless These sentences are endless, so what if they leave me friendless?
Not like "I'm afraid to go into the kitchen because there is a monster there," more like "Oh my god oh my god I have to put this book down for a minute and walk around the room because my heart hurts." You have to really trust that the writer has a good heart, because you can't see how any of this is tolerable, but then he does? Does that make as much sense as possible without being too full of spoilers?
Yes, I feel like you might like it especially.
Thank you! I feel now that I am not just a voice in the wilderness. Doesn't this seem like a huge and common misunderstanding? Also...vital?
Yes, reaching for a book instead of one's phone, with its endless stream of terrifying news, is an amazing and wonderful thing. That was such an engrossing book! And truly, you should read The Changeling, except that it will melt your brain. But it is amazing.
Oooh! Yes! And also, maybe, The Round House, by Louise Erdrich? And I apologize for my "wait, Native American fiction!" reflex, but The Round House is excellent and so much about the difficulties of friendship.
Ooh, thank you! I almost forgot I asked that, and now I will request it at the library.
Maybe I put it too harshly? I mean, I feel that is what all kids face: their families breaking up, and being human, and sick, and frail. Which seems brutal to me, how different things are from how we wish they were, or from what we expect. Sometimes I don't see the difference between reality and brutal reality, I think. They are linked, like the wine-dark sea.
These are excellent and interesting options. I hope she gets all of them.
Ooh, Ragtime! Emma Goldman craziness! That is an excellent idea.
Oh my God, the idea of the Invisible Library is very soothing to me.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2017 on Reading and Learning at The Diamond in the Window
Yes, but it also feels like yet another loss, one that cant really be borne.
Yes! Montaigne is weirdly reassuring right now. All evidence that times can be terrible, and that doesnt mean panic is the only option.
Thank you. And thank you for your beautiful angry posts on your excellent blog, which are helping me right now. http://elizabethaquino.blogspot.com/2016/11/waking-up.html
I hear you that love is not enough. And I'm not suggesting that those who voted for Trump don't have love. Just that the politics he espoused during the campaign seemed focused on hate and fear primarily, that's all. Not making (in this piece anyway) judgments on the people, on policies and rhetoric only.
This would be, to me, the best possible thing I can imagine. If this works, you must tell the rest of us about it I think.
For some reason, this made me think of that special drink the doctors make for Pauline in Ballet Shoes when she is sick. So comforting!
Yes! Oh, with the salt and pepper for the boiled egg in twists of waxed paper! I loved that!
This was the nicest, nicest thing to see. Thank you!
I do that all the time, but it is not helping me right now (though it is very nice of you to say so).
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2016 on Forsaken at The Diamond in the Window
I do not know. Maybe go back to something you've loved loved? Maybe get luckier than we have any right to expect? I only wish I knew. I am persevering through the book I do not love, hoping that somehow I will emerge on the other side energized and new.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2016 on Forsaken at The Diamond in the Window
Maybe it's the weather? Maybe we can block out both the presidential election AND the weather by eating lots of ice cream, and then we would certainly enjoy our books more. This seems possible, right?
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2016 on Forsaken at The Diamond in the Window
Thank you!
Thank you, Siri! It's very kind of you to comment, especially when you had to delurk to do it. I very much appreciate it.