If you'd like to carpool, meet at my place at 7pm.
Come hungry, cuz Joe is bringing his Dutch oven for dessert, and I'm bringing Japanese curry.
If you're driving yourself, go up provo canyon, take the Nunn's park turnoff. You immediately come to a 4 way stop where if you turn right it takes you to the bridal veil parking lot, if you turn left you go under the highway. Don't take either turn, just go straight. Keep going past bridal veil falls on that street. Before the street meets back with the highway, you'll see another parking lot on your right for upper falls picnic area. We'll be there.
In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway wrote a series of short pieces for Esquire magazine called the “Key West Letters.” One of those pieces, the 1935 “Remembering Shooting-Flying”
has an interesting premise—Hemingway claims that remembering and
writing about shooting are more pleasurable than shooting itself. Or at
least that he’d rather remember shooting pheasant than actually shoot
clay pigeons. In the next paragraph, this nostalgia for good shooting
gets tied up with good books, such that the essay betrays its true
desire—to be a meditation on reading. Before he catches himself and gets
back on topic, Hemingway launches into a long parenthetical:
I would rather read again for the first time Anna Karenina, Far Away and Long Ago, Buddenbrooks, Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, War and Peace, A Sportsman’s Sketches, The Brothers Karamazov, Hail and Farewell…
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich — many of us have felt the influence, to the good or the ill of our own reading and writing, of Leo Tolstoy. But whose influence did Leo Tolstoy feel the most? As luck would have it, we can give you chapter and verse on this, since the novelist drew up just such a list in 1891, which would have put him at age 63. A Russian publisher had asked 2,000 professors, scholars, artists, and men of letters, public figures, and other luminaries to name the books important to them, and Tolstoy responded with this list divided into five ages of man, with their actual degree of influence (“enormous,” “v. great,” or merely “great”) noted. It comes as something of a rarity, up to now only available transcribed in a post at Northampton, Massachusetts’ Valley Advocate: WORKS WHICH MADE AN IMPRESSIONChildhood to the age of 14 or so The stor…
1. The Choice by Russell Roberts
2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
3. 100 Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez
4. The Night Stalker by Phillip Carlo
5. Life on the Mississipi by Mark Twain
6. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by F.D.
Sorry to have missed some of you last night. Hope your feeling better now, Joe, after huffing those paint fumes all night. And we'll just have to wait and see if Steve gets a letter from the Stake President soon regarding some very troubling remarks he made about the Boy Scout organization.
Time for everyone to nominate books for the next round. I already posted a few options.
And welcome to our newest member, Kristian Heal. We'd love to see what reading suggestions you have.
And Doug! You're going to nominate something this time, right? That way you can guarantee the provo library has it on tape.
Anyway, I'm excited for another batch of good stuff to read for the next few months.
The Comedians - Graeme Greene
Thought this one could be very interesting, though I cannot think of a time when I have found Greene to be uninteresting.
The Trumpet-Major - Thomas Hardy
This is the only Hardy novel I have never read. I only recently bought a copy. I don't think it will be quite like Jude The Obscure for those of you who remember that one.