TSS: A Bit of a Ramble, How Rectify Cut Into My Reading and Some Link Love

I didn’t do a lot of reading this week because for better or worse I discovered Rectify  from the Sundance Channel now playing on Netflix.  It’s a slow burner of a show but one that hooked me in after episode four when I noticed all the references to Flannery O’Connor.  Truly, if you are a fan of Flannery O’Connor, you should be watching Rectify.

I did mange to post one book review, read a couple of short stories and complete two chapters in my California history project, but Rectify stopped my reading halfway through one of Georges Simenon’s Maigret novels which I may finish today after I get through the last two episodes of season two.

All this television watching only makes my book buying worse, I guess.  Penguin has released more of their new Maigret editions, I bought four, and last night C.J. and I wondered into Half Price Books between dinner and the start of the show walking out with five new books between us.  I was just going to buy Pride and Prejudice for the Austen in August reading challenge, but they had the new Vintage Classics edition of Sense and Sensibility sitting on the shelf at a very affordable price….

I know I have a problem.  Oh, well.  But seriously, is that not a cool cover?

This upcoming week I will be commuting to San Francisco again to take a class at the Center for the Book.  I’ll be learning how to make St. Cuthbert’s Gospel of John.  It’s one of the oldest bound books in Western Europe dating back to the 6th century.  It’s really an advanced bookmaking class so I’m not supposed to take it yet, as I have not completed the Center’s four basic book-binding classes.  But the teacher only comes around once a year and he doesn’t teach the same classes every year and I convinced my principal to foot the bill since I teach Medieval European history and the book might tie-in to the curriculum.  So I signed up and I’m going to fake my way through it as best I can.  It’s a very cool book, yes.  It’s a five-day/all day class so I’ll be taking either the boat or BART to the city which will give me lots of time to finish up that Maigret novel I started.

Finally, today, here is some more link love.  These are a few of the articles about books that caught my eye this week?

  • Via Reading the End, a link to a former plantation tour guide about the questions tourists asked him about slavery.  There’s a lot of misinformation out there.
  • Reading in Bed debunks two cherished beliefs: that readers are different from non-readers and that reading makes people better people in a thought provoking post with thought provoking comments and links to too many interesting articles.
  • On the other hand…. Alana Okuun at Buzzfeed writes about why she will only date men who read books by women.  It’s been a long time since I dated and I hope I never have to go through it again, but as I recall the longer your checklist is the fewer dates you get.  That may or may not be a bad thing…
  • In China an innovative library built from glass and sticks has brought new life to a dying rural town according to a New York Times article. It’s a beautiful looking space, however I can’t help but wonder how hot it gets inside during the summer months with all those windows.
  • Something I really want to do.   A group of teachers paint their school lockers to look like famous books.
  • Libraries where you darn well just better be quiet–30 states where you can take your gun into the library with you.  ‘Cause we all know how dangerous the library can be.

How’s your week been?  Read anything interesting?

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8 Comments

  1. Rohan says:

    I haven’t tried ‘Rectify’ but you’ve added to the other positive comments I’ve seen about it – now it’s on my ‘get around to this eventually’ list for sure. I don’t mind a slow burn if the result is engrossing!

    1. I just finished season two which was ‘shocking.’ Knowing how much I think this show is like a Flannery O’Connor story it can’t possibly have a happy ending, but I really, really want one.

  2. Molly Totoro says:

    Austen in August sounds Amazing 🙂 Dare I try to participate?!

    Enjoy the book class this week.

  3. tracybham says:

    Thanks for the reminder that some good things come out of the Southern US. I was surprised to see that the school teachers painting the lockers were in Biloxi, Mississippi. I grew up in the South, left in the 70s, visit infrequently, and sometimes only remember the negative aspects.

    I enjoyed your comments about readers vs. non-readers at Reading in Bed.

    1. I spent first through third grade in Pensecola which is really “south lite” I know but my family is from Missouri, again, “south lite”. But lots of good things have come out of the south.

      I thought the post at Reading in Bed was interesting. Sometimes, the most interesting parts are in the comments. 😉

  4. Lisa says:

    I haven’t heard of Rectify – I’ll have to look on Neftlix. I’ve been re-watching my favorite episodes of NCIS, which just became available there, but since I cut off my cable I haven’t been watching much of anything.

    My jaw dropped reading some of the things that people felt comfortable saying to that poor tour guide.

    1. We haven’t had cable in decades. It’s all through the Roku box. I’m thinking of cutting off Netflix now that I’m done with Rectify.

      My spouse used to be the curator at one of the California Missions. He got lots of questions like those, not just from fourth graders either. But you know, people need to ask questions from where they are in life. Some folks really do need to be educated in the basics.

  5. That is a very cool book. The Sense and Sensibility cover is nice too. Not that I’m an annoying book person or anything like that… 😉 I grew up in a household where my mom read and my dad didn’t. Oddly, I never gave much thought to whether there was any intrinsic morality to it until I became more aware of book culture…

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