5 (baker's dozen)

satrapi vonnegut schulz dore

065) A Son Is Forever by various, finished July 29
    My mother gave me this Blue Mountain collection for Coast Guard Day in 2002 with an inscription saying she couldn't choose one as more appropriate than the others to describe her feelings for me. So I read them all.

    Why did it take six years?


    Well, um, they're all kind of the same. And although they look like poems, there's not much poetry there.

    But I appreciate the sentiment. I've realized that my mom likes sentimental greeting cards and the like and so I'm trying to learn to appreciate them for what they are intended to be. It's kinda hard. But hey! I'm totally filial!

    I know.

    I've read the book.

    days away from six years

064) Good ol' Snoopy by Charles M. Schultz, finished July 13
    I couldn't help myself. It was sitting there. I had time.

    And I LOVED it.

    maybe twenty minutes

063) Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, finished July 13
    I tell you what: after reading this, I'm nervous about leaving Lady Steed alone in a room with nothing but ladies.

    a day

062) A Doré Treasury edited by James Stevens, finished July 12?
    I've been eating and breathing Doré lately and this collection is one I would recommend to anyone wanting a nice variety of Doré prints to leave out on the table. Also, Stevens's introduction was a nice, brief and quite interesting look at Doré's life and career. You can find it for under ten bucks on Amazon if you nose around a little.

    better part of an hour

061) Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; finished July 8
    I first read this in high school after being blown away by Cat's Cradle. I didn't like it as much. I started out liking it much more this time, but in the end, still not one of my favorite Vonneguts. Sorry, rest of the world. So it goes.

    over two weeks



  1. Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the rest of the world's favorite Vonneguts? What on earth is wrong with them?

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    Seriously. If pressed, I would guess it is the most read for fun or assignment.

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    [Edit: Put in full previously.]

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    I read the Snoopy book to the Big O last night. I'm not counting it again this year, but the experience was interesting.

    Usually we just end up rereading a few slapsticky strips over and over again. This time we just went straight through with only a few readovers. Fascinating.

    I guess my little boy is growing up.

  5. One. Do you ever use bookfinder.com? It's fun, but dangerous.

    Two. I still need to send you poetry.

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    One. No, thanks!

    Two. Yes, thanks!

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