Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Girl Scout Cookies

Ayeee, I am overwhelmed with fat and sugar--GSCookies. Impossible to eat just one. BUSY grading those Great Gatsby essays, reading work from the writing class, and figuring out how to do an on-line signature for the FAFSA for my daughter's education. I say live at home and eat the parent's food and get free room and board, but independence is knocking. Not much new on the lit scene--I went to a reading by the USF alumni and was very impressed and entertained. I especially liked a story about a woman in a recovery type place. I'm reading Alice Munro's View From Castle Rock. At first, I didn't care for it, but once I got into it, I started enjoying it, appreciating the sense of history blended with story. Still trying to finish Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. This is not to disparage the quality of his writing--I'm just a short story reader. I am looking for several novels to read this spring and summer and am thinking of writing a novel, always thinking about that, but I think I'd need an MFA program to get it done. Every time I read a novel, I start thinking about writing one. Glad the primaries are winding down (or are they). I am not married to either Clinton or Obama, but I am worried about McCAin getting into office after hearing him speak on the radio today. It didn't sound like he'd be in any too much of a hurry to get us out of Iraq. or look into diplomatic and communicative ways to solve our country's issues in the Middle East. SCARY!


Kate said...

have you looked at The Gathering? by anne enright? novels for the summer, etc. it's a tight short read but very rich. i find her voice compelling.

Jamey Genna said...

No, I'll keep my eye out for it. What is it about?

Kate said...

it's a british/irish author. won the booker prize this year...i could care less about that, but i think she really deserved it. i started reading it based on a ny times and sf chron book review....it's been midway on the best seller lists.

it's about a family that is fractured that gathers for a funeral, the narrator's brother's, who has committed suicide. i felt like she was talking to me when she wrote, like we were having a conversation ( vs. "it spoke to me")

she's only released in paperback.

Jamey Genna said...

I like that title. The Gathering by anne enright--I'll look for it. I finally bought Atonement and want to read it before I see the movie, nothing worse than seeing it first (except for This Boy's Life, which led me to read it). Is this Kate from class?