"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Reading Update

How to Be Good: I have to like a book where the main character finds her salvation in reading.

"...the opportunity to retreat further and further from the world until I have found some space, some air that isn't stale, that hasn't been breathed by my family a thousand times already... And when I've finished it [book she's reading] I will start another one, and that might be even bigger, and then another, and I will be able to keep extending my house until it becomes a mansion, full of rooms where they can't find me."
Funny, that was my childhood philosophy toward my parents.

The End of Mr. Y: I don't have to, but I love books in which weird sci fi elements predominate, including half-dead autistic miscreants working for the CIA, and disembodied lovers turning into archetypes. It was described to me as a time-travel book, but it's not, it's a mind-travel book. Also covering quantum physics, homeopathy, adultery, laboratory mice, kinky sex, the creation of gods, the memory of water, etc.

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