In The Odyssey, Homer recounts Odysseus’ run-in with the Sirens, beautiful creatures whose alluring song cause sailors to shipwreck themselves in an attempt to find the source. Continue reading “A Better Song”
Terry Pratchett reflects on the nature of stories in Witches Abroad: Continue reading “The Stories We Tell– Redux”
Now this is just weird. I finished another book yesterday- that makes two for the day, and… yep, three for the year. Yesterday was a good day.
For the last few weeks I’ve been reading Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories, taking a story at a time, because, boy, is she whacked. I don’t mean that her stories aren’t good- they are. Very well written, and very heavy. Not the sort of thing you would want to read to children, most of the time. She has this way of putting her characters through their own private crucible to strip away their (1930’s Southern) comfortable illusions and reveal their true character.
If you like short stories, like excellent writing, and like to be made to feel and think, then pick up a copy of O’Connor. You’ll enjoy it.
There’s this neat website I found a while back called DailyLit. If you like to read and can never find time, or like to read and just want another excuse, you’ll want to check out this site. They’ve got tons of free books (mostly public domain) that they’ve split into five-minute readings, and you can just enter your email address, pick your book, and they’ll email you one segment a day, or however often you choose. Brilliant idea. I’ve found it helpful because it gets me to read stuff I wouldn’t sit down to read for one reason or another- it just shows up in my inbox and I read a small segment. So simple, so elegant. Check it out.