Sep 21, 2008

Slacker

Installment #3 of my Sailing Trilogy is long overdue. I have finished the book (Frost on my Mustache) but not the book review. A combination of computer woes (well, not exactly--I have a lovely new plum colored computer, but setting it up is time-consuming), and reading lots of YA stuff for school is my excuse. In lieu of a "real" post I'll offer you a glimpse of Iceland in the written word, in the hopes that you, my faithful readers, will not totally give up on Icelandic Fever.
The time seems near, if it has not actually arrived, when the chastened sublimity of a moor, a sea, or a mountain will be all of nature that is absolutely in keeping with the moods of the more thinking among mankind. And ultimately, to the commonest tourist, spots like Iceland may become what the vineyards and myrtle-gardens of south Europe are to him now; and Heidelberg and Baden be passed unheeded as he hastens from the Alps to the sand-dunes of Scheveningen.
Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, pg. 3.

When you long for Iceland, it is ever-present.

So, what have I been reading? At the gym, on my mp3 player, I've just listened to Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, hence my current foray into more Hardy (thank you, Librivox). In the car, I've been listening to Julia Alvarez' In the Time of the Butterflies (thanks, Chesterfield Public Library). Can't say that I think much of Alvarez; I didn't like How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents much either. But, Julia Alvarez is the All Henrico Reads selection for this year, she is coming for an author visit, and many of our students are reading her various books. I tried.

I'm enjoying the process of becoming an organic, locally grown, CSA supporting, composting foodie. I loved Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food and currently am enjoying Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (local Virginia connection there). Next up will be Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemna (yes, I'm reading them out of order). We have a burgeoning foodie network at work.


Speaking of work, the student book club has selected Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (go figure!), any book by Alvarez (enough said), and Blood and Chocolate (I'm going to cheat and watch the movie instead. Hey--I don't have time to read everything). I do think that's part of the point of a book club, though: to read things you might not discover on your own.

And, I'm re-reading Thich Nhat Hanh's True Love over and over. I just can't get enough of it. Don't take my word for it...try it yourself!

Next time...back to Iceland...

7 comments:

Professor Batty said...

... well, if I can visit Lake Woebegon, you can read anything you like, I suppose- although K and I watched Nói Albínói last night...

Rose said...

Was it your first time seeing Noi? I hope you're going to review it. I'll be interested to hear what you thought of it. I'm thinking how many puffins I'd give it. Tell you after you write about it...

Jon said...

If I weren't up to my eyeballs in schoolwork I would find out what you two are talking about. Alas....
Glad you're back. I was getting worried.

Professor Batty said...

... I saw it a few years ago, I thought that I had written about it but a search of my posts turned up only a mention. For Jon's benefit, tonight I'll write about all the Icelandic films I've seen...

Rose said...

Jon, not to worry. Sometimes a month goes by like a day! (particularly the older I get.)
Batty--funny thing, I had the same thought and searched through MY old posts. And then I thought, maybe I should do a quick summary/review of Icelandic films I've seen. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. I'll let you do it for me ;-)

Professor Batty said...

... done.

Rose said...

Nice job, Batty!
I should have tried "film" in my blog search box...