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A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Franz Kafka
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday Coffee, Evening Edition
The Literary Blog Hop continues to be a wonderful weekly conversation. This week we talked about the oxymoron "contemporary classics." After reading the posts, I continued to think about the impossibility of trying to predict which contemporary novels might become classics. The novel, my favored form for reading, is a relatively new form. But it might be that the classics of our day may be something else altogether. Graphic novels and other visual forms of communication may eclipse the traditional novel. Or, the novels of India, China, and African countries may eclipse the novels of North America and Europe. As David Foster Wallace reminded us, we are like fish in water--wondering what water is....
This week I started reading Avi Steinberg's Running the Books. I am about halfway through this exceptionally gripping memoir about Steinberg's experiences as a prison librarian. I finished reading Trollope's The Prime Minister, and I suppose there is no point in putting off finishing the Palliser series before year's end--the last book, The Duke's Children, will be one of my December reads. As the year draws to a close, I'm starting to think about what books I will be reading in December, and what books I will be putting on my reading list for 2011.
What's on your reading list for the last month of 2010? What do you want to make sure you read in 2011?