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I host a radio show on WMFO 91.5FM Medford. I talk about novels and create playlists to go along with the story and themes.
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Lots of reading going on
I came across these lines while listening to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library and had to stop the book for awhile because my mind wandered.
I had a recurring dream as a child that is still difficult for me to describe and sounds funny when in reality it was terrifying. Basically, I’m looking at a two-dimensional house from the front, but I’m really inside the house (oh, dreams). A bird I can best identify as a baby chick knocks on the door and I let it in. Then two chicks knock on the door and are let in. Then four, then eight, then sixteen… They keep doubling until chicks are popping out the chimney and windows. Right before the house explodes, I would wake up terrified and not be able to go back to sleep.
I had that dream through college and would always wake up, but the difficulty sleeping slowly disappeared and, eventually, the dream as well.
I can’t be sure if there was anything in particular that triggered it, but that same overwhelming feeling happens when I’m awake and can’t wrap my mind around something. I’m a visual person, so I’m pretty sure the house is a physical representation of a lifetime and the chicks are things I want to squeeze in. I’m plagued by the reality that there isn’t enough time. It’s more of a fear I’m now able to articulate which may be why the dream disappeared.
I’m currently trying to read three books and about to add a fourth. I also have three other projects swimming in an idea pool, one project that needs to be finished by Saturday night, and one more that needs to be sketched out soon. The busier I am, the more ideas tend to pop up. I’m not having trouble focusing on any one thing yet, but I fear the chicks may start popping out of the chimney soon if I don’t get organized.
Anyway, here is the reason I began this post: how I’ve started to make use of my time to read and discuss ALL OF THE BOOKS without losing my mind.
I’ve heard a lot of arguments against e-readers but, since getting one, I read more and obtaining books from new places. After being lucky if I managed to read two books a year, I now drop by the library on my way home from work, read on the bus every day, listen to audiobooks when I don’t have the time to sit and read, and host a radio show about books. I now read at least three books a month. Here is what I’m currently reading and why.
Poet’s Choice by Edward Hirsch (own it)
I picked this up because I do better with poetry when I talk about it, and it is the book of the month for the Harvard Square Book Circle.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library by Robin Sloan (library digital audiobook)
I’ve been waiting for this to become available through my library— it was always virtually “checked out.” It’s about bookstores, computer programming, design, secret codes and hooked me in the beginning talking about bagels.
Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate (library book)
I will be discussing this on Novel Songs some time in June with local musician Robert Hoffman. I haven’t read any novels that discuss the imagined childhoods of Blues and Jazz musicians. Difficult to read, but I’m enjoying it.
A History of Reading by Steven R. Fischer (reading excerpts on ebrary)
I came across this on Brainpickings while searching for articles on the history of technology and books spurred by topics in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library and the subsequent Novel Songs show this Saturday. I will probably end up buying it at some point.