At the end of this summer, whose brevity has so taken me by surprise, I only now return to my original goal of doing some reading of the printed page, rather than the digital. I had been reading Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children in March or April, but the stress of final exams and papers diminished my reading time more and and more until so much time lapsed between readings that I couldn’t follow the plot anymore. So I put it aside and assumed I’d pick it up again when school ended, just as I assumed I’d rent movies every week from the list I dutifully drew up in my quest to be a good film student. But nothing ever pans out as you plan it and this summer has flown by with more fun, and less education than I intended for myself. But I still crave books as I have since I learned to read - thus entangling the notion of education and fun as inherently antithetical - and it is with great relief and gratification that I’ve picked up The Emperor’s Children again and started from the beginning.
I have a lot of books that I asked for for Christmas that I haven’t had a chance to get to. I’ve also collected quite a few books from the used bookstore beside my apartment that closes tomorrow and has been selling books for 1 and 2 dollars for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully, schoolwork, work work, and friendly obligations won’t keep me from reading at least a little each week on my own time, because lately it seems to me that it’s when I feel the most at peace.
Speaking of work work, I finally got my tutorial schedule, as well as a schedule for TA orientation. The apprehension is becoming more acute. But I’m excited, too, about all of my classes. Not that I wouldn’t prefer summer to go on endlessly…
Anyway, I want to use this space to keep track of what I read, for posterity and also to encourage myself to read more.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I sound like when I’ve been reading too much, and talking too little. My language gets all pseudo-intellectual and I throw in words I never use in real life. So my apologies for the above. I take full responsibility for its lameness.