Bit o’ Honey ~ the little things that please

The little things that please . . .

Books

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CURRENTLY READING:

(For a more comprehensive list, visit my Goodreads site at http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/860822.)

NOVEMBER 2008

Architecture of the Absurd; How Genius Disfigured a Practical Art  by John Silber

It’s about time someone wrote about ego-driven architecture run horribly amok.


OCTOBER 2008

“The Best American Essays” edited by Adam Gopnik

This series never fails to please.

 

“The Book of Fables” by W.S. Merwin  

I was looking for other poetry collections by Merwin when I came upon this.  Many of these fables read like prose poems recounting fantastic dreams.  

 

“The River Sound” poems by W.S. Merwin

Sometimes I’m distracted by the way rhyming poems can dictate a rhythm.   Merwin includes many long rhyming poems in this collection that I prefer to read aloud.  This keeps me from pausing with every rhyme and brings the gorgeous fluidity of his writing alive.  His opening poem “Ceremony After An Amputation” left me utterly breathless.

 

“Blue Iris” poems and essays by Mary Oliver

It’s hard not to love Mary Oliver.  Curled up in bed, reading her poems is the best way to leave the day’s frenzy behind.

 

“Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening” essays edited by Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson.

I picked this up in the free book shelf at the library.  I appreciate the multi-ethnic choices for the book, however some essays are stronger than others. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2008

“The Craftsman” by Richard Sennett

Somewhat randomly written, nonetheless a fascinating look at the historical role of the craftsman from the ancient times to the present.  

 

“The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler M.D.

Bringing Buddhist teachings down from the mountaintop into the everyday realm of the Westerner.  At first I found the writing too elementary, but how often do I forget to be compassionate with people who bug the hell out of me?  Indeed, I need to be reminded in the simplest of terms that one must return to the fundamental practices of patience, compassion, and kindness to become a better human being.  Simple, right?  

 

“Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future” by Bill McKibben

I’ve read McKibben’s thoughtful essays on the natural world.  I’m curious to read his perspective on the global and local economies.

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Written by Janie

September 21, 2008 at 7:44 am

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