End of June Update: Reading for 2012
June 21, 2012
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I’m all screwed up with my reading schedule.
I’m still plodding at Moby Dick, which I read piecemeal on my iPhone when I have a spare few minutes pretty much anywhere. I’ll get through it by the end of the year, that’s for sure. I do want to plug this for anyone who has never read it. What has struck me thus far are his descriptions of whales and whaling life. It can be positively sublime and moving. Take this description of a whale’s tail: “Out of the bottomless profundities of the gigantic tale seems spasmodically snatching at the highest heaven.” Take from this what you will.
Finished Blood Meridian, which I decided to assign in my elective “Cultures of Violence” that I will be teaching this fall at the Air War College. Done with All the King’s men, which I loved in the end. It reminded me so much of Heart of Darkness, and well worth reading again down the road. Light in August blew my mind. I jumped over Percy and Foote for now and am in the middle of “As I Lay Dying,” which I am not enjoying as much as Light in August. (I have read Foote before but plan to re-read the first volume again this year). I will report more on this novel when I finish it. It’s a hard book that reminded me why I could not get through Faulkner when I was younger. I will backtrack with the Border Trilogy later this summer. I plan to read the Sound of the Fury as soon as I mop up As I Lay Dying. Something about reading Faulkner in the South during the summer seems appropriate.
I’ll have more to say about these books later. For now, I just wanted to give an update on where I’m at. It’s been immensely rewarding thus far, but I do need to pick up the pace.