No movie theater parking lot picnic this week because I had to work on Saturday. Recent news says the AMC theaters may be shutting down permanently world wide because there were already struggling a bit pre-pandemic, and now no one is patronizing them (eating in their parking lot doesn’t count).
I have decided people who wear their face mask under their noses are the same folks who donned safety pins to demonstrate they “cool” (i.e. not racist).
A bird bibbidy-bopped over to me after work on Saturday. Like, it was on the back deck on the chair, then the table, the hop-hop-hopped up to me (I was on the other side of the screen), and then alighted on the screen and we shared a moment, ya’ll. I think it knows I’ve been listening to an audiobook about birds.
I chose The Meg on Friday for my horror film and kept thinking about the phrase “bigger Jaws,” which I pretty sure I picked up from Family Guy, a show I loathe but used to watch because cable TV, about twenty years ago.
I have been attending lots of online author readings/talks (Google around; lots of large libraries are doing these), including Samantha Irby, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, and Charles Payne. Charles is a Madison-based slam poet, who has tried nearly every art form at some point, bolstering his poetry. Last year he was in the Madison Mother GrandSLAM, which I was honored to attend. His chapbook just went on sale, and you should get it. I helped edit and wrote a review that appears in this work.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
We’re so close to the end of Flannery O’Connor’s complete collection of short stories! Week 4 took us into O’Connor’s characters who praise creativity yet don’t produce much creative-wise, but they often make those around them miserable. Catch up on the conversation here.
We Want Our Bodies Back by jessica Care moore is a poetry collection people will likely call “timely.” Published in March, her words — demanding the return of black bodies from police, from death, from oppression — do resonate with the global protests for George Floyd.
However, to call her collection timely minimizes the history of violence perpetrated on black bodies since people were enslaved in Africa and brought to the shores of a colonized land we now call the United States. To call it “timely” suggests people haven’t been paying attention and are now waking up to the human rights struggle Black Americans and their allies are fighting for because it’s on the news and viewers feel guilty. The struggle and fight is always there.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
The last Flannery O’Connor post will go up on Tuesday. I’ll discuss the last three stories and my overall experience reading her collection and my response to it. I hope you’ll join me one more time as we wrap this thing up.
The newly published The Undocumented Americas by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio has garnered some small attention, and folks on Goodreads appear to love it. But I can never seem to set aside my rhetorical analysis skills when I read nonfiction, and I don’t want to. Unethical argumentation is always dangerous. Curious? Check back Thursday for my review. I also have some notes from Cornejo Villavicencio’s author talk.
Also on Thursday I’ll be sharing my review of Oathbound, the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s trilogy entitled Vows & Honor. Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I are back with some familiar faces that we met in the stand-alone novel By the Sword, and it sure is a great place to be. #ReadingValdemar
BOOK I’M READING ALOUD TO MY SPOUSE:
Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein is a fun quest story, but you don’t know what the quest is because this Amazonian princess/scientist non-Earth woman named Star isn’t sharing too much with our American Hero, Oscar. And the servant Rufo isn’t allowed to give information unless She says he can. This is all fun and good, and the spouse and I laugh at Oscar’s snarky attitude.
However, in the past week, Oscar and Star get married in a tradition of jumping over a sword. The minute they’re wed, she becomes diminutive, while he shushes and threatens to spank her. How did Star turn into an idiot to be scolded when she was the brilliant leader who’s good in a fight? I’m rolling my eyes a bit; I guess I forgot these parts when I originally read the novel in 2004.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE:
My book club is starting The Bear and The Nightingale next week.