Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Too many dicks on the dance floor

...Except substitute "books" for "dicks," and, um..."various surfaces in my apartment" for "dance floor."
This is what my apartment looks like. Dancing, singing...books.
Does this happen to anyone else? I think it happens to me when I'm having a particularly strong run of good reads. I start to get cocky. And I crave more and more, until I honestly think I can read ALL THE BOOKS at pretty much the same time. And I check out half a dozen from the library and wind up sending most of them back unread, or half-read, because my focus gets fucked when I have too many good books staring at me.

And today it will get worse because I'm getting Neil Gaiman's new book in the mail, and Stephen King's Joyland, and I still haven't finished my books from the library (or the last several from the road trip), but I literally don't know how to hold a new Neil Gaiman novel in my hand and not read it. I don't think it can be done. And I'm avoiding all my favorite book blogs today because they've all got reviews of it and I don't want to be spoiled. I basically need to take care of all my errands and productive things before the mail comes, because once it gets here, I mean to be Occupied.

But anyway! In the interest of not letting myself stagnate too much on the blog front, I thought I'd share this article. It's titled "Feedback From James Joyce’s Submission of Ulysses to His Creative Writing Workshop," and there are some gems in there. 
"Show us how these characters process memory, language, abstractions, and the urban landscape through stream of consciousness, don’t just tell us."
"Caught some allusions to The Odyssey. Nice."
"“History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” So true."
...and hee! Literary humor ftw. Check it out, if you're so inclined.


1 comment:

  1. "I don't think it can be done." Nope, it can't. IT'S SCIENCE :P Happy reading! Also, let me know what you think of Joyland. I'm relatively new to King and there are probably other novels of his I should pick up first, but I like the pulp-y cover and have been eyeing it at work.