May 26, 2005

Memphis Word Nerd: Mising In Action

Erm...yes, it has been a while since I posted. No, I don't have a good excuse. Yes, I do have a real life outside of the internet. Sadly, it's not a very interesting one.

I'm not here to say anything particularly fascinating. It has been a long, long time since the BlogMuse came to visit, bringing a fresh dose of inspiration. I've done a little reading (Anna Karenina, Great Expectations, Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden) but none of it has been very bloggable.

Perhaps some of you have a topic? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

6 Comments:

Blogger alison shared an opinion...

What is the first book you remember reading?

9:36 pm  
Blogger Special Sauce shared an opinion...

Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Mostly, because my mom wouldn't read it to me anymore, so if I wanted to hear the story, I had to learn to read it myself. Heh. Go mom.

I finished The Broken Cord last night- all my nerve-endings a-tingling. I came down to look up Mr. Dorris, and see what else has happened since the book's publication. What a let down. Though, in a way, I'm glad I didn't know anything about him other than what I read in the book, until I had finished reading it. But what a shock.

I'm interested to hear what else you know about him/the family etc. Surely his end was not the end of it all.

8:24 am  
Blogger Serrabee shared an opinion...

Hey, chica!
Have you seen this site?
http://www.languagelog.com/

I know you're busy but I still check in once a week or so. Don't be a stranger!

3:13 pm  
Anonymous Monica (greysubcompact@comcast.net) shared an opinion...

I'm a new reader; I found your blog by a link from a fanfiction blog, of all things. I'm curious: what do you think about fanfiction?

Speaking of your opinions, what do you think about EE Cummings? He's my favorite poet and I'm interested to see what a self-described bibliophile such as yourself thinks.

And, finally, do you think Anna Karenina is worth plucking from the list of Books I Should Read Because They're Classics, Damnit, and if not, what other book should I choose?

5:54 pm  
Anonymous adrienne shared an opinion...

Glad you're still alive.

Here's a question. What's your stance on not finishing a book once you've started. I mean, everybody says you shouldn't read a book you're not into, but how often do you personally put take your bookmark out of a book and say, "Forget it."?

Here's another question. What are your comfort books? You know, the ones you read when everything else has just gone to pot, because you can be relatively sure nothing in the books has changed. They make you feel all normal again.

4:17 pm  
Blogger Memphis Word Nerd shared an opinion...

Great questions, Monica! I absolutely love e.e. cummings. In fact, since you mentioned him, I will post my favorite of his poems.

As for fanfic, based on my limited exposure, most of it seems to be pretty poorly written (though I have seen some impressive examples). However, I am a big believer in ANYTHING that gets people reading, writing and thinking creatively. The same thing applies to blogs. So, I guess it boils down to whether you place more value on the process or the end result. I have a bit of a double standard: I think that the internet is a perfect place to put your creative efforts on display without having to worry unduly about the quality. It's a safe place to hone your skills. As such, I think that fanfic is a good thing. It is only when a writer is published that I begin to judge the end result rather than the creative process.

I liked your question about Anna Karenina but I think I'll save my answer for an actual post. The short version, however, is that YES, I think that it is a wonderful book. It is one of those rare published novels that makes me wonder what the author was doing in his personal life while writing the book. Tolstoy suffered from mental illness throughout his life; I am intrigued by how that shaped his writing process.

Finally, to answer Adrienne's question: I'm pretty impatient with books, much like I am with people. I can usually tell pretty quickly if this is a book (or a person) I would like to get to know better. If the answer is no, I don't wait around. There have been some times when I judged way too hastily, though. One example is Susan Cooper's "Over Sea, Under Stone". Sometimes I make myself give a book a second (or third) chance because I don't want to pass over a truly wonderful one, but on the other hand there are too many incredible books out there to waste time on mediocre ones. What about you?

3:22 pm  

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