Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Salon

This Sunday afternoon I'm relaxing at home, doing some crafts and tidying up a little. I'm reading Dearest Anne : A Tale of Impossible Love, by Israeli writer Judith Katzir, about a steamy love affair between a teenage girl and her female literature teacher. The story unfolds as the girl, now an adult and just having come from the teacher's funeral many years later, re-reads her old diaries and relives her painful teen years, of which this relationship is the defining event. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through and I'm not sure what to make of it yet. The writing is certainly very poetic and literary but we'll see where it goes.

And this Sunday we all got some sad news, that writer David Foster Wallace, author of The Broom of the System and Infinite Jest, hanged himself this weekend. It's very tragic. I don't know what else to say. I read The Broom of the System some years ago after a friend suggested it; Infinite Jest is sitting on my husband's TBR pile. It just makes me sad.

What's making you happy today?


Andi said...

I haven't read Wallace's work, but I am familiar with this reputation, no doubt. Very sad.

As for what's making me happy: chocolate chip cookie bars! Yum yum!

Now if I could only finish up this library school reading and get on to Capote in Kansas!

Shana said...

Dearest Anne sounds interesting, Mari. Can't wait to read your review.

Yes, sad news about Wallace.

What's making me happy this weekend: I just had lunch with my parents, sister, nephew and niece. I'm getting ready to go on a nice quick run, and then not much to do tonight besides finish reading The Spirit of the Place after the kids go to bed.

sheistoofondofbooks said...

I like the premise of *Dearest Anne* I'll look forward to your review to see which way it went, since you're on the fence mid-way.

What's making me happy - well, I'm writing this Monday morning and I'm glad it's the beginning of the week. Yesterday was a lazy hanging out day for us and I'm looking forward to being busier and more productive today! I guess that "recharging my batteries" over the weekend worked!