It’s that time of the week again.
- I’m actually going to stop writing this, as although I know very few people read this blog, I’m finding it a little stressful. Stupid, I know. But as I was finishing The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, I started panicking a little about what book I would read next. I knew I wanted to take a break from the series, but suddenly started worrying about what people would think of the next book I choose to read.
Someone once said to me that when we worry about people judging us for something, it’s because we judge other people for the same reason. Maybe I’m a book snob and don’t want people to know I read some trash as well (okay, I confess, I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books in a month and a half last year. Are they trash? You tell me. I really enjoyed them). I don’t panic about books so much as I do about music. I find music snobs incredibly intimidating and showing one of them what I’m listening to on my iPod is enough to induce a small panic attack.
I don’t think I’m worried so much as I don’t want my book choice to be influenced by what I think other people will think of me by what I read. That being said, if you’re interested in what I’m reading (who wouldn’t be?!) feel free to ask. And if I’m reading a particularly interesting book, I’ll post about it.
For those who want to know, I have recently been reading Call for the Dead, the first book by John le Carre, and the first book introducing George Smiley, the protagonist in the recent film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (excellent film, I highly recommend it). I finished that in two nights and am now reading The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susanah.
- Another confession, I am a Brangelina fan. But seriously, is anyone surprised? Some time last year I came across this photo shoot by the couple. I quite like it except for a few strange photos that seem to be depicting some violence. I don’t really get that.
- On the other end of the spectrum, here is a photo gallery on American poverty from The New Yorker.
- The Obama Memos in The New Yorker outline why I never want to be the leader of any country.
- The Guardian on the overuse of the word literally.
- Tiny Vices is an online gallery. I haven’t gotten past the home page yet. It’s mesmerising watching the photos change every few seconds.