I’m not going to talk about it today. Maybe in a couple of weeks, but just not today. Today I’m going to focus on books and cats. For me, book blogging is a refuge from the real world when I need a refuge.
Today, I could use a little refuge.
I’ve been trying to participate in German Literature Month this week. I did post one review, a double challenge post of Berlin Now which also counted towards Non-Fiction November. I finished one book, Come, Sweet Death by Wolf Haas but I didn’t really liked it. It’s the second in a detective series, the first of which I really loved. But this time around the gimmicks I enjoyed in the first book, just struck me as gimmicks.
I started The Search for Christa T. by Christa Wolf who I have enjoyed in the past. But this time around the story just didn’t seem to get started. It’s a woman telling the story of her lifelong friend, which is a device that works very well, see Elena Ferrante and many other examples, but I just was not having it. So I gave up after 30 or so pages.
So, so much for German Literature Month, at least for now. (I plan on trying one more time before the end of the month.) I’ve moved on to a very entertaining book about Dante called Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity by Prue Shaw. I figure there’s no way I’m ever going to read Dante, so why not let an expert critique do the hard work for me. I’m enjoying all the Medieval Italian history and loving the excerpts from Dante’s work. The Inferno really is one of the best books I’ve never read.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about having jury duty and not having anything to read because the one book I brought with me turned out to be a dud. So yesterday I made a little box from foam core board that I covered and filled it with a small emergency library that I can keep in the trunk of my car just in case I ever need something to read. I only put books in it that I was tempted to set aside and start reading. So if I’m ever stuck anywhere, I won’t be stuck without a book.
The kittens we found in the alley behind our house last month are doing well. We’ve named them Bonnie and Clyde so there’s a very good chance we’ll end up keeping them. Especially if Beau does not come back. Beau, the cat pictured in my current avatar above, ran off last week. We’ve no idea how he got out of the house, but get out he did. The cat people I know all say there’s a very good chance he’ll come back, but if we don’t see him again, Bonnie and Clyde are already here to fill the bill.
Wherever he is, we hope he is fine.
It’s raining, really raining this morning which is quite welcome here in California, so I’ll most likely spend the day indoors. Working on some sort of project in my studio and reading Reading Dante. Tomorrow, I’m taking a class at the Center for the Book with a colleague from school on foil stamping which should be fun. I may even take my new book box in at add a few decorative touches.
And, I’m hoping to finally get to work on the TBR Dare later this week. I’ve a feeling that this might be the final year for the TBR Dare, though I think I said that last year, too. I’ve noticed a few folks running very similar challenges, though not so extreme as mine, which is kind of nice really. Maybe Dakota and I inspired something; who knows.
Meanwhile, the cats are constantly wresting each other which would be kind of annoying if it weren’t so gosh darn cute.