Author Topic: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)  (Read 3105 times)

gm66

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Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2020, 09:35:33 PM »
COVID Quarantine reading, interesting how many of the suggestions are works of fiction.
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Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2020, 09:53:39 PM »
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - new vistas for me, <and> well told

This one?
https://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Gets-Your-Eyes-Crematory/dp/0393351904

Sounds like it touches some of my bases
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Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work.

I'm not sure I can read about smoke right now though!

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Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2020, 10:03:02 PM »
BTW, one that I did not mention, is Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall, formerly the poet laureate of the US.

The book was not a page turner for me, but the kind of book where I would read a few pages and it would trigger some memory and I would be off in a reverie and then minutes later find myself staring out the window with the book in my lap. The more time elapses, I think it is the book that just keeps rattling around in my head.

For a sense of Hall's essays, try reading The Third Thing. It's a reflection on what made his marriage work.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/60484/the-third-thing

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The best moment of our lives was one quiet repeated day of work in our house. Not everyone understood. Visitors, especially from New York, would spend a weekend with us and say as they left: “It’s really pretty here” (“in Vermont,” many added) “with your house, the pond, the hills, but . . . but . . . but . . . what do you do?”

What we did: love. We did not spend our days gazing into each other’s eyes. We did that gazing when we made love or when one of us was in trouble, but most of the time our gazes met and entwined as they looked at a third thing. Third things are essential to marriages, objects or practices or habits or arts or institutions or games or human beings that provide a site of joint rapture or contentment. Each member of a couple is separate; the two come together in double attention. Lovemaking is not a third thing but two-in-one. John Keats can be a third thing, or the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or Dutch interiors, or Monopoly. For many couples, children are a third thing.
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Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2020, 01:44:15 PM »
>> Caitlin Doughty

That's the one. It taught me some new things and her writing style is way above average.

I've just listened to another book where the writing is way above average. A true gem, outside my usual range of interests:

Drunkard - A Hard-Drinking Life
By: Neil Steinberg

It's a glimpse into the mind of an alcoholic struggling (or not struggling, sometimes) with addiction. A masterpiece of sardonic humour!

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Re smoke: we're getting some haze here now, in the centre of the continent.