There’s been some good stuff lately on the bookish interwebs, but this first story is making me ache inside.
There goes one of my favorite podcasts…
Brian Lamb has retired. And I just downloaded his final Q&A podcast –an interview of David McCullough. And I’m feeling gloomy and withdrawal-y and unhappy and a bit moan-y about it. He wasn’t supposed to ever retire.
Full disclosure: I’ve read only 7 of the top 10. And then it gets worse: out of all 100 novels, I’ve only read 38.
(If only I got extra credit for reading Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill a Mockingbird more than once!)
It’s an article in the New Yorker by Jia Tolentino, and it explores the Puritanical work ethic stuff in the book.
And the inevitable happy ending.
Pretty darn fascinating.
I was a little afraid the article would rip the book to shreds, which I don’t think it does. It’s a critique, but an intriguing, fair-minded one.
And it goes gently on the way the book led into a mystery series about the same children. I loved, loved, loved those mysteries, even though I knew they were kind of a strange spin-off from the original book with its old-fashioned notions. Suddenly, the kids are solving crimes!
But heck. I’m still a sucker for a good mystery.
Anyone else a Boxcar Children fan? Original book or series… or both?
In other news… Book Expo is almost here, and I’m gonna be there! Completely excited about meeting other bloggers amidst the book-laden frenzy. If you see me, say hi. And then tell me what you’re reading; can’t wait to hear.
I’m a one-book-per-day kinda girl when packing for any kind of travel, and that’s for a normal trip that’s not expected to include any lengthy reading sprees.
And heaven help us all, if the trip requires that I bring books to aid in any sort of research.
(Shameful recollection of that episode at Midway Airport, when I had to transfer Kennedy assassination books from my overweight suitcase to my soon-to-be-leaden-in-weight carry-on, right there in the middle of the terminal)
I’m a wiser woman these days. I start out with the books in the carry-on. That, my friends, ismy best book-packing tip.
Also: Beverly Clearly turned 100 this week! Given that some of her books (Henry Huggins) seemed charmingly old-fashioned when I read them way back in the ’70s, I’m actually delightedly stunned that she’s still living.
This is the lady who gave us Drop Everything and Read Day, and for that, I’m deeply grateful. (I actually celebrate this holiday most days, but I think that’s true of many of us.)