It's the weekend. Couldn't we all use a little break from the grind? Let's talk books, links, maybe a video or two. Let's talk recovery, perhaps a little soul care. Whatever we talk, let's not make it about occupation. Deal? Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Maybe a little soul work. These are the twin themes of the day.
I've killed my fair share of non-fiction over the last few years, but I've slipped into novels lately. There's something about a story cut from whole cloth, the escapism of it all. Allow me to offer a few suggestions?
1. All The Light We Cannot See--If I've read a better piece of historical fiction, what was it? I'm not sure. Sure, it won the Pulitzer. Sure, everyone's read it or is reading it. Sure, it's hyped. But listen, there's a reason hyped books are hyped, and there's a reason Pulitzer Prize winners win the Pulitzer.
2. The Bone Clocks--This offering from David Mitchell captured me from the beginning. Genre? I'd put it in the Sorta Science Fiction category. By Sorta, I mean to say that haters of the Science Fiction genre will still love this one. The character relationships are complex. The story is tight. The ending? Whoa.
3. Silence Once Begun--This is Jessee Ball's 2013 offering, and here's all I can say about it: Dang. It was a risk of a novel. Set in Japan, the narrative is driven by interview transcripts and letters. It's a story of a crime not committed, or perhaps committed, or not committed. Or? Silence is a book of dichotomies--silence versus the effluence of words, love versus mendacity, the individual versus the collective. The final pages deliver the death blow to the modern justice system. It's hard to imagine that I will not be thinking of this novel for many days to come.
1. John Blase wrecks it this morning with his poem, "The earth is stained with an unyielding wildness." This one broke something loose.
2. Speaking of poetry, this week I dropped a couple of poems in one post! Check out my thoughts on being a "Poetry Contest Loser (2 Poems)."
3. Is addiction all about the chemical hooks? Is it the substance of choice? If so, how do you explain gambling addictions? Internet addictions? Workaholism? In this piece at the Huffington post, Johann Hari explores the connection between addiction recovery and community. It flips the addiction/recovery narrative on its head. For those interested in recovery, it's a must read.
4. Recovery and community--see how they're connected? There are other waypoints on the road to recovery, too. Do you know the "The 5 Embraces of Recovery."
5. Addiction, addiction everywhere and not a drop to drink. Or something. Anyhow, did you see the news? Shawn Smucker quit the Internet. Well, he quit social media to be more precise. Why? Addiction, soul work, and all of that, he says. Check out his piece.
6. What does Amber do when she can't sleep after Midnight? She writes.
"It’s midnight as I write this, fallen awake again at the wrong hours, night after night, exhausted but vividly in tune. The room goes dark, and it’s all technicolor for me, an odd synesthesia behind these lids."
I love the way she writes. And speaking of the way she writes, this week, Amber's book Wild in the Hollow started shipping--3 weeks early! Early readers report that they've read it in one sitting. They've flown through the pages, come to the end with tears in their eyes. I'll vouch for it. It's good. Check it out?
Admit it, you need a little "Beat It," in your life this morning. Yes?
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