now that I got an e-reader (audience: “Finally!”), I’ll pick up this beauty. I like the idea of online playlists to accompany the text and illustrations. books as multimedia.
Let yourself be led by the child you were
- From The Book of Exhortations
I am reading this luminous little book
it is a slight book, taking me forever since I keep on stopping and re-reading, re-re-reading the simple lines. take this fragment (featured on the back cover):
There you were, grandma, sitting on the sill outside your home, open to the vast, starry night, to the sky of which you knew nothing and through which you would never travel, in the silence of the fields and the shadowy trees, and you said, with all the serenity of your ninety years and the fire of an adolescence never lost: “The world is so beautiful it makes me sad to think I have to die.” In those exact words. I was there
mc8B thinks the author looks like a kind old man, who keeps cookies in his pockets
at the end of the book there is a collection of family pictures captioned by Saramago. this one is my favorite:
an audio recording of Go the Fuck to Sleep that Werner Herzog did for the New York Public Library to celebrate the release of Adam Mansbach’s new children’s book.
well, I personally would have been fast asleep before the first GTFTS. or at least pretending to very very hard.
Good news to report: a clip of the recording has surfaced online, and it’s as Herzog-ian as you would hope. “The windows are dark in the town child. The whales huddled down in the deep. I’ll read you one last book, if you swear you’ll go…” Well, you know.
ok, this sucks. this sucks hard.
Twain wrote in the vernacular. to substitute the word ‘nigger’ for the word ‘slave’ in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is whitewashing (heh) and ridifuckinglicious.
if schools are not capable/willing to teach Huckleberry Finn in the context of its time and place, it shouldn’t be taught at all. a sad commentary on the state of teaching/education in this country.
very engaging so far. I just finished Noah.