Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ask

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss (2 March 1904-1991) writer & cartoonist




today's ms t day which also means library day! this week our normally scheduled library programs are on a week-long hiatus as the librarians transition from the "winter session" to the "spring session" - spring session, that sounds so promising as I look out my office window to a white landscape!

even though we don't have our programs we'll still make it to the library, don't want to miss out on anything. perhaps in honor of dr. seuss' birthday we will focus on his books today.

speaking of books, on all things considered saturday, I caught a story about an intriguing new book called please: fiction inspired by the smiths, edited by peter wild. this is the third book wild has edited featuring stories inspired by music - the other books are: the empty page: fiction inspired by sonic youth, and perverted by language: fiction inspired by the fall. ah, so many books, so little time.

right now I'm deep into three books: two are 'hard copies' - mountains beyond mountains by tracy kidder. why has it taken me so long to get to this amazing book about an amazing man? thank goodness for my bookgroup, I can always count on it to help bring those 'must reads' to the top of the pile. my fiction read is a new novel by steve hamilton called the lock artist - it's a mystery, of sorts, and features one of those psychologically complex, and somewhat damaged protagonists that I find so compelling (e.g., motherless brooklyn, stieg larsson's lisbeth, and all the mallory books by carol o'connell, to name just a few of my favs). I also have one audio book going on in the studio - the latest by robert crais, the first rule, this time, crais states the book is 'a joe pike novel' - opposed to an elvis cole novel - thanks megan for the head's up on this one! yowser!

what books are you in the midst of this march?

ask (released 1986) by the smiths

11 comments:

subby said...

Every day should be library day! Ms. T has quite the pile there...

I'm halfway through "1,001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die" by Stephen Farthing, tho' I started it back at the end of February. Not sure what's next, as I've so many in my library waiting...maybe some Ngaio Marsh or John Steinbeck or...OY! I can't possibly list them all!

tut-tut said...

Ms t is so cute!

Just got finished Blame by Michelle Huneven, and just starged The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin.

my WV is banne. Banned books?!

Roy said...

Library day is always a good day!

John Hayes said...

Love the Dr Seuss quote! Re-reading "The Nine Tailors" by Dorothy Sayers, which is probably my all-time favorite mystry, & just finished "Silas Marner"!

rosedale's 4head said...

what a great picture -hopeful and inspiring...

Baino said...

I don't think I've been to a library for over 20 years. Terrible isn't it. In a way I wish I had a small child to give me the excuse. I love the look on the librarian's face in that photo . . full of "awwww". Not sure if your interested, but the quintessentially Australian book is Tim Winton's Cloud Street, well worth a read and another advertised on our Tuesday bookclub about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as seen through one Arabic American's eyes is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. A true and horrifying story but a compelling read.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh I love reading what people are reading....and suggestions for books to read!

subby the title of farthing's book is enough to put it on my list of 'must reads!'

tut - never been disappointed with following your lead in the read department! I say read banned books!!

john - silas marner - there's a flashback!

baino, thanks for the reminder about cloudstreet - a friend dian mentioned when I saw her last year (she was visiting from melbourne): of course, in time I lost track of it in the recesses of my memory. a few years ago I read winton's book dirt music and I LOVED it - such a big, complex, sprawling story that was!

subby said...

kimy, you'd better set aside a couple of weeks of spare time for that one. It's not only the paintings but all the history you absorb whence reading...and at 960 pages....and quotes through-out...!

Megan said...

I'm so excited - I finally got a utility bill with my new address on it so I can go get my library card Saturday. Woo hoo the main library is only a quarter mile from my apt!

Fun Fact - I can recite The Cat in the Hat from memory. And I bet I'm not the only one. :)

Still reading Madame de Maintenon. Also recently picked up an Alan Furst I hadn't read yet - The Polish Officer - good, atmospheric stuff...

Bee said...

I went to the library today, in fact . . . to get lots of picture books for my students and lots of Elizabeth Berg novels for me. (I've just discovered her, and happily she has been quite prolific.)

Count me as one of those many, many who Dr. Seuss inspired to read.

Tom said...

just finished a collection of Philip k Dick stories and now working on Left Hand of Darkness as well as Great Expectations. all old stuff.