It’s Super Bowl weekend here in the States, and for many, this is a national holiday. Alas, not so much for us Philadelphia Eagles fans. (That’s why we had to create the absolutely disgusting and abhorrent on so many 700 levels Wing Bowl, which is another post altogether … like this one I wrote about it in 2009)
The Super Bowl is usually a non-event for us folks around here, given the fact that our Eagles have only been to two Super Bowls (1981 and 2005) and come up short each time. And given the shenanigans that the Eagles brass have been putting us through lately, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Anyway, given our family’s upcoming move to Pittsburgh, hopefully our luck will change in that regard. Needless to say, I am rooting for the Steelers today.
If you’re more into books than football (and chances are, if you’re reading this, that’s probably a good bet), Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves is hosting The Big Game’s On Read-a-Thon. It’s currently underway and it’s probably not too late to join in the fun. It’s very low-key, which is exactly what I need since I’ve been battling a little stomach bug this weekend. I wasn’t going to participate, but I’m feeling a little better today than yesterday. Besides, the likelihood was pretty good that I’d be reading and rooting for the Steelers at the same time. (Given my under-the-weather predicament today, this Salon post is doing double-duty as my official kick off post.)
My book of choice today is Lyndall Gordon’s 405 page Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. (Just shy of qualifying for the Chunkster Challenge!) I’m only on page 70, but so far I’m enjoying it. I loved The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, and this one mirrors Jerome Charyn’s novel in many ways. Folks who have read Secret Life would definitely appreciate this one too, I think. So far, it’s a lot of biographical background material (which reads very well and is entertaining) but it promises to go much more detail about the feud that erupted within the Dickinson family, particularly in regards to Emily’s poetry. It’s kind of fascinating.
Families. Gotta love them, eh?
Family dynamics and their influence on our identity and friendships was the focus of the other book I read this week, Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden, which was a finalist for the Orange Prize. This is a quiet, contemplative, reflective kind of novel – definitely not one to read if you prefer novels that have a strong plot, because there isn’t one. The characters and their relationships to themselves and each other are the focus of this one, which works well enough, but I wasn’t entirely captivated by this. It wasn’t a bad read, and it wasn’t the best book ever. Just … somewhere in between.
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