This is an attempt to get something onto this blog every week; a new series I’m calling “What I Read Wednesday” because I’m a real sucker for alliteration.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - This was a request from my 11 year old. He bought it on our Lake Michigan trip over the summer and proceeded to read it in 24 hours. Since then he’s been begging me to read it. I had to read some feminist rage works first, but I finally made it a priority. It’s a great book for middle grades, H and I both love that she started the book without knowing how it would end.
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister - I f*cking devoured this the weekend Bart O’Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court. It was a balm on my tired and raging soul. I’ll probably write a proper review at some point, because it really was a solid piece of work.
The Wind Cave and this interview with Haruki Murakami from The New Yorker. “There are three types of emotional wounds: those that heal quickly, those that take a long time to heal, and those that remain with you until you die. I think one of the major roles of fiction is to explore as deeply and in as much detail as possible the wounds that remain. Because those are the scars that, for better or for worse, define and shape a person’s life. And stories—effective stories, that is—can pinpoint where a wound lies, define its boundaries (often, the wounded person isn’t actually aware that it exists), and work to heal it.”
BRB I have a book or two to write.
Borges on Turning Trauma, Misfortune, and Humiliation into Raw Material for Art from Maria Popova at Brain Pickings. If you aren’t following this blog, get on it, it’s a daily dose of inspiration from thought provoking articles for artists, scientists, writers, makers and doers. I guess I’m in a place where I’m investigating trauma and creativity. (I also need to review The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk)
What did you read this week? (Or last week, or this year or really whenever. Share the goods!)