Monday, October 6, 2008


Writing is hard work. Four small words that speak the truth. I am continuing to write and reading is such a large part of writing that I am doing a lot of that too.

I am reading a great book recommended to me by Valerie titled A Confederacy of Dunces. It was written in the 60s by John Kennedy Toole. Toole committed suicide before it was published and won a Pulitzer Prize. It was his mother that peddled his book and went to necessary lengths to get it published. In 1976 she contact Walker Percy a Loyola Prof and asked him to read it. He asked her why she wanted it published she simply stated "because it is a great novel". It is rich with character description and when reading it you can actually see the characters and the places they are. I have only encountered that feeling at this level a few other times in books.

I obviously intellectually get the characters and scenes in what I read but to get that level of visual while reading a book, that I savor. I will read it slower than usual because I don't want to miss a beat. I will look up every single solitary word that I am not 100% sure about. Why do I go to great pains for a novel? Simple, I don't want it to end. It starts out "A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head." From there it just gets better.

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