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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Care to join me for a Shelfari?

I was recently turned onto a totally awesome website for book readers*. It's called Shelfari and it is totally free and easy to join. Once you're signed up you can catalog just about every book you've ever read, tell when you read it, what you thought of it, and network with other book readers who share your tastes. Plus every book has its own site, which is open for members to post their favorite lines, parts, and various arcanum. Basically the site is the ultimate in Book Nerddom. Finally the Readers get their due.

To check out the site click here.

You can visit my personal page on Shelfari here**. Sign up and become my friend. I don't bite.

*Thanks very much due to my lovely wife.
**I haven't even scratched the tip of the iceberg w/r/t logging all the books I've read, but I've got my All-Time Favs (House of Leaves, Infinite Jest, Lord of the Rings, Stephen King's It), Hemingway, and Stephen King in there for starters.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pocket Book Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces
By John Kennedy Toole

In 1969 after going on a two-month whirlwind trip across the country, and nearly 6 years after finishing his masterwork, John Kennedy Toole stopped in Biloxi, Mississippi and killed himself, leaving his only two novels, A Confederacy of Dunces and The Neon Bible, unpublished. Several years later his mother, Thelma Toole, discovered the manuscript for Dunces and put it in the hands of author Walker Percy who was so blown away by the novel that he personally guided the manuscript to publication. A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980; over 10 years after Toole’s death, and the following year it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The machinations that went into the publishing, and ensuing canonization, of A Confederacy of Dunces is important because it is one of the few modern examples of a literary genius being posthumously recognized. Similar to Emily Dickenson’s poetry, John Kennedy Toole’s comedic masterpiece was misunderstood and subsequently rejected during its own time*, only to be resurrected in the most unlikely manner. Furthermore there is a certain inherent irony in A Confederacy of Dunces, which is predominantly concerned with a man and his domineering mother, only being brought to fruition because of the actions of the deceased author’s supposedly domineering mother.

Word of the Day!

gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-free]
A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday's So Cold

By Tres Crow

Go home
You’re not wanted here
I said hold on
I think I’m in love here
Or maybe it’s just something I feel

Where did I get the notion
Sunday’s can be so cold?

Who told?
I thought I’d hid it well
I was young but never innocent
Like that note
I gave you on the last day of school

Just like the ghost books
I’d read
You disappeared without a trace

All my thoughts
Always come back to you
You hold on
Like the last fallen leaf
And evenings spent
Were all in your name

And if I could
Have spoken to you
And told you what I should

Dear Rachel, I’d always thought such a pretty name

Word of the Day!

cogitate [koj-uh-tayt]
-intransitive verb
1. To think deeply or intently; to ponder; to meditate.
2. To think about; to ponder on; to meditate upon; to plan or plot.