I’ve been sick for the last little while, and I hate trying to figure out what to read when I’m sick- it’s like when you can’t find a comfortable position to fall asleep. I’ve been flitting from comfort book to comfort book- finishing none.
Before I got sick however, I finished All the Available Light, an interesting collection of essays about Marilyn Monroe. All of the essays seemed really short, leading me to wonder if they weren’t just excerpts, but they were thought provoking.
I also read The Murder Room by P.D. James, and even though I accidentaly saw who did it toward the beginning of the book (it really was an accident!), it kept my rapt attention as I tried to figure out how and why.
I also finally got to the biography of Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray which I’ve had out of the library for ages now. I picked it up randomly, and I’m quite glad that I did. Weil lived in France in the 1930-40s and was a tortured genius who could never accept her own brilliance (her brother was smarter). She fell into the trap of many of the early saints of Christianity- she was so eager to understand the suffering of others (and Christ) that she denied herself any comfort, finally dying of anorexia. Her life was complicated by her hatred of her Jewish heritage, and peppered by experiences of her own making that deepened her philosophies- working in a factory to experience the reality of the idealized “worker” in Marxism. She was a passionate union organizer, and searched her whole life for meaning and truth. Fascinating woman.
I have no idea what I’m going to read next. I’m just sick of being sick.
Current total: 20
Just Finished: Simone Weil by Francine du Plessix Gray