Joining the Reading Rainbow

Hi Everyone….what’s on your reading list right now? Love this quote by author Ann Patchett:

Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.

Read the whole post here.

While I agree with this wholeheartedly, securing and consistently setting aside the time to get to the books that intrigue me is quite the challenge.  I’m using the mobility of my phone and laptop to access material, but time continues to evade me.  Note to self: Restructure priorities in the vein of  a Renaissance woman.  But like, a really fine one.  One with a rose gold cuff, flowing coarse locks, and DVF cat eye spectacles.

My spirit is mired by this achievement culture shit.  My reading is often not for pleasure.  It is merely functional; triage reading, I call it.  I skim, proof, search, and summarize to complete a report, summary or dashboard.  Sucks the joy right out of what would otherwise be an exploration of ideas, an unexpected life lesson, a mental getaway, or a delicious peek into a stranger’s fantasy.

What’s the answer?  How do I incorporate literary siestas as a discipline?

Words!  I want ’em, I need ’em, I gotta have ’em. Gimme dem stories, man!

I truly value our opportunities to engage in the stories of other human beings; those just as fractured, curious, lost, and peculiar as we are.  To honor our pursuit of the shared story, let’s take in a classic from my childhood days.  This was indeed, my jiggety jam.

Also, keep in mind that it’s National Poetry Month.  Re-visit some classics, or uncover a new favorite like these:

Affirmation by Assata Shakur

Mutability by Percy Shelley

Poet’s Musings, A Blog by Hans Ostrom

Harlem (Dream Deferred), by Langston Hughes

Torched Sonnet, by Elaina Ellis

Get read, babies.



2 thoughts on “Joining the Reading Rainbow

  1. 1. Ann Patchett is a hero of mine. Her book, Truth & Beauty, will kill you. It is so devastatingly beautiful you will cry forever and believe in life/truth/beauty again.

    2. Her thoughts on fiction: Perfect. My favorite novel of the year, How Should a Person Be?, which you should totally borrow, was reviewed by Chad Harbach (who wrote my favorite book of 2011, The Art of Fielding). He said that every novel should be called How Should a Person Be?, because it is essentially what every novel is asking. I totally agree. I look to my fictitious brothers and sisters in their foreign worlds that I would never step into to find out how I can be a person in my world. I am amazed each time by how much we have in common and how much they have to say about me and my context.

    3. We’re hanging out on Tuesday, right? I’ll bring a few books. We can do a trade.

    4. If you need help reading more fiction, join a book club. It’s nice having a few friends along for the ride. You know everyone in mine. You would be more than welcome to join. In fact, I’d love it. We’re meeting this Saturday.

    1. Kenny my love, thanks for the books and for your encouragement in the discipline of reading! It was affirming and my peanut butter cookie was so good. On the search for a book club per your recommendation. What are you reading in your book club?

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