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Friday, April 22, 2011

Set 2 Book 10 Opening

Here it is as promised:

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This book is a biography of Frances Perkins the Secretary of Labor for Franklin D. Roosevelt.  I'm really looking forward to reading about her and the influence she had over the decisions about the great depression and the new deal.  I hope you'll join in if you can!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When Sadness Abounds

I just finished reading a review of Toby Barlow's book Sharp Teeth in which the author himself commented on the review (nothing like the recent debacle of a certain self-published author who completely lost her cool over a negative review and started swearing at the blogger and commenters - not classy).  Toby Barlow discussed marketing and the free verse novel following the reviewers speculation that the book was essentially in verse form for marketability.  Mr. Barlow astutely pointed out the actual downfalls for an author of a free verse novel, or poets all together for that matter.  It is an older post from 2008 but I appreciated the albeit short but in depth discussion for several reasons, one of which being that in spite of common internet behavior norms, these people displayed the kind of class and thoughtfulness we ascribe to many great philosophers and debaters.  Read Here.

This of course brought me back here, a place I have of recent seriously neglected.  For whatever reasons, I shall hold private, I have been wallowing in my own sadness and have been mostly absent from internet places including this one.  However, I also recalled after reading this, how much we loved Toby Barlow's book and how much I love this space, and that made me sad too. Instead of continuing on this melancholy immobility, I would like to revive this poor limping little club.  I previously mentioned that I had already purchased ten books for the next set of brown books.  Why waste a good thing?  Let's dig in to the last book of set two, and then we can rev into set three.  I am hereby scheduling a book opening for Friday.  Book ten.

Please join me.  Let's read!