Dear Sunday Salon,
This week I struggled and may have spent more time writing -- and not writing -- my review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. How do I spend time not writing? Solitaire, Pinterest, Facebook, the news. I sit at the computer and do everything but write. The Sense of an Ending. What a good book. It was so tiny, so worthwhile and so hard to get my head around. A book to think about. It won last year’s Man Booker prize.
So next up for review is Jussi-Adler Olsen’s The Keeper of Lost Causes. I go back to page-turning mysteries after read-me-twice dense literary fiction. I enjoyed Keeper, mostly for the interaction between the two crime solvers. Not so much for the plot, though I admired how it worked, and the way it played with themes of suicide and pressure. But, this was another one of those thrillers where I felt the possible movie version hovering over my shoulder as I read. I’m not sure how I feel about books that seem to be written with a movie in mind. Sometimes it adds; sometimes it takes away. In Keeper, it’s a toss up.
Speaking of movies or at least television shows, I read an interview with one of my current favorite writers, Jo Nesbo, in The Millions. Here’s the link: http://www.themillions.com/2012/02/crime-pays-jo-nesbo-talks-about-killing-harry-hole-and-the-best-job-in-the-world.html
No wonder I like his books. He loves what I love: Elmore Leonard’s works and the current television drama Justified. I get gleeful reading Leonard – and have going back many years. The characters and dialogue of Justified make me laugh and smile. After reading Nesbo’s interview, I’m going to start watching early seasons of Breaking Bad.
As for reading, I received The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier from Amazon this week. It’s now out in paperback. My friend Mike suggested I read it and write about it. Also in the stack of possibilities are Mr. g by Alan Lightman – but I will likely sandwich a mystery of some kind in before I take that on.
Finally, I’m feeling the need to reorganize my blog. I want to learn more about the mechanics of blogging – inserting pictures, ‘designing’ pages insofar as that is possible. I just changed the top picture and I while I’m fond of this photo, I’d rather it were about one quarter the size. I don’t know how to do that. I’m in desperate need of a gaggle of teenage geeks to serve as computer advisers for me. My brother-in-law is coming this week to visit and though he has gray streaks in his hair and doesn’t blog, tweet or text to my knowledge, he may serve as a good substitute for the teens – he has the computer skills we don’t. Welcome George.
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