I missed “Birdsong” on Masterpiece. That’s how things go around here, because I am too lazy to read the newspaper.
“Is Great Expectations on Masterpiece?”
“No, it’s something about World War I.”
In my brain, that means a series by Ken Burns.
“Well, I don’t want to see that.”
And believe me, I don’t. Ken Burns is great, but I’m bored to death by his work.
And then I find out it was Birdsong.
I haven’t read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong yet. Back in the ’90s on AOL, everybody was reading it, and one of my friends claimed it was the most erotic novel she’d ever read. So I really can’t imagine why I didn’t get around to reading it… But a couple of years ago I read Faulks’ A Week in December, one of my favorite books that year. I also enjoyed Charlotte Grey.
Anyway, I took my copy of Birdsong out a few weeks ago and put it on the table on the enclosed porch. And now it’s gone. My husband and I both know it’s on the porch. But it’s not on the porch. Did the mailman steal it? Ha ha, of course not. We think we put it in a box and gave it to the charity sale. It was kind of a beaten-up copy anyway.
This is the problem with weeding. You no sooner weed a book than you need it.
Are you surprised that all the library copies are checked out?
There’s no getting around it. I’m going to have to trade a fantastic asparagus stir-fry for a copy of the book. Yes, family, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll go out and buy me a copy. Because I’m the one with the asparagus.
Jonathan Jones Reads Ovid. Jonathan Jones, the art critic for the Guardian, is now my favorite art critic. He translated a few lines from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in his article on an exhibit at the National Gallery on the transformative effect of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on European art.
Is he a classicist? I can’t find out online. But anyway the Latin is actually up there with his translation. I can’t believe any paper in the U.S. would publish the Latin.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA has published two Edgar Rice Burroughs “keepsake editions”: Tarzan of the Apes, with an introduction by Thomas Mallon, and A Princess of Mars, with an introduction by Junot Diaz.
I read both of these in college and loved them. My professors were very into pop culture and recommended Tarzan, pulp fiction, all the stuff that LOA is publishing now.
Cute covers, too!