Blame It On Christmas

images-1.jpgYou know that December 25 is not the birth date of Jesus, and that many religions do not consider Jesus as the Messiah. Islam recognizes Jesus as an important prophet, but not as God. The truth is that around the end of the year we all celebrate some kind of holiday, mostly in the form of massive commercial ventures designed to increase yearly profits for the corporations and with little more than a quick nod to any social or religious significance to the holidays.

No wonder Republicans are touting Christmas.

It seemed clear that the “war on Christmas” was a commercial ploy which attempted to link religion to capitalism and lead the rubes and deplorables in a non-existing rumble with godless anti-patriotic liberals.  Besides, Coca-Cola owns Christmas, right? Perhaps some festive revelers say Happy Holidays so as not to violate any copyrights.

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What To Look For At the Book Barge Near You

bookbarge_200112December, being the last month of the year, is functioning as my big fat book make-up month with heavy titles such as Infinite Jest (half-way through), A Man Without Qualities (too big?), and Against the Day (is Pynchon worth it?). But despite my dedication to the big ones, I’ll continue posting a daily reading suggestion that might be less daunting.

The November reading pool was, as usual, varied and generally intriguing for any dedicated reader. In November I read many of the suggested books from the previous two months and for the most part was very pleased and even enlightened. This told me that the daily reading suggestions are pretty good and a welcome source of new reading for future reading lists.

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These Books Could Give You A Bloody Nose

download-1.jpgNot that many years ago I was laying in bed reading The Tale of Genjii when a sharp jabbing pain in my wrist caused me to yelp, drop the book on my exposed nose, and lose my place amid all those exciting medieval pages. Surely something had snapped in my overstressed wrist and I was forced to prop-up all my big fat reading from that point on.

Another change in my reading life caused by this event was a tendency to eschew my beloved big fat books in favor of more safety minded slim titles.

I guess I got out of the habit and I have been shifting the big ones back to the bottom of the reading pile for several years now. I might have blamed my dimming eyes but I think it was more my aging patience: Why read one big one when you can read a half-dozen  that are possibly just as good, albeit much thinner.

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Will I Read Any of These … Soon?

imgresThis is the list of suggested titles from the month of October. It is significant because It occurs following the two months of suggested reading I used to fill out this month’s Reading Pool. So the question is: Will I work a few of these titles into my next month’s reading pool?

Could be. You might have notice that I included many recently published works on my suggested list whereas not so many up-to-date titles in my regular monthly reading pool. The dilemma is that there are so many older and even classic books I have yet to read and at the same time world-wide publishers are tempting me with more and more new stuff.

How can I choose?

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