Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Salon

A lazy Sunday ahead.

My plan for the day is to organize and put away the books I got for Christmas, and continue reading a couple of things I have going at the moment- Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day, The Funeral Party and Money and the Way of Wisdom. That last book is something I'm reviewing for a professional journal and I've vowed to finish it this week so I can write the review and be done.

I'm reading The Story of French right now as well and finding it fascinating. I just finished the fourth chapter, on the creation of the Academie Francaise, a French cultural institution which maintains and monitors what's called bon usage, or the "best" French- but their version of French is like an official version that doesn't necessarily reflect French as it's spoken. The members of the Academie are revered and respected but according to the author of The Story of French, the dictionary that the Academie produces is not respected by lexicographers for its omissions and purism. It's very interesting. I'm going to try to read it more consistently so I don't lose the thread.

What are you reading right now that's fascinating you?