Category Archives: Currently Reading and/or Finished

Maira Kalman for the New York Times

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most rewarding. The brilliance of Maira Kalman’s And the Pursuit of Happiness blog is perfect in creative execution. I now have something to look forward to to lift me out of the gloom that sometimes proceeds reading headlines each morning.

If you aren’t familiar with her work, you can start here:

In Love With A. Lincoln

So Moved

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Where have you been Hemingway?

I read my first Hemingway novel, The Old Man and the Sea, this past weekend. I actually teared up towards the end. I don’t remember that ever happening to me(wuss) while reading a novel. I can’t believe I have never read any Hemingway. I immediately checked out A Farewell to Arms and cannot put it down. I will be perusing his catalog for a while.

In other news: John Mayer is gay (literally). You may want to rethink listening to the song Wonderland.

…and Another

I just read that another one of my Top 10 books of all time will be a movie. Beowulf (not really a book, but a long poem).

Perfume

About 8 years ago, on two consecutive overnight train rides through France, I read the novel Perfume, on loan by one J. Paxton Chrysler. It was captivating to say the least and quickly made my Top 10 list. Last week I rented the movie with much reservation. To my surprise, I thought it was one of the best film adaptations of a book I had ever seen. Granted, the subject matter is utterly dark, but it nonetheless captured the essense of the novel.

I remember while reading the novel that I thought I smelled roses and spices throughout my train ride. The written word had heightened my senses. It was very engaging. I also remember thinking to myself how amazing of a film this would make if the director could make the audience smell visually like the words on the page. It worked.
I’m recommending* this movie to anyone who reads the novel first.

*(This recommendation is coming from someone who thinks Death to Smoochy is one of the best movies of all time.)

Favorite Novel Ever?

I’m currently one hundred pages into Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, and I must say that it is probably the best one hundred pages I have ever read. I said that.

book, Book, BOOK!

I need a new book to read. I love history. I love fiction. Combine the two and I’ll be your best friend. Commence suggestions.