“So what are you doing?”I asked my mother.
“Reading,”she said. “A terrible book. Characters come and go. There’s not background on any of them. I don’t know who anyone is.” And then – “The writer is from England.” – as if that made it all the more egregious – “She’s won awards too. I don’t understand it. It’s like Margaret Atwood. Her writing is atrocious and very vulgar. I don’t understand it.”
I do. People have differing preferences. Whether we’re talking food or authors of prospective partners, it all comes down to personal taste. I, for one, don’t enjoy eating kiwis or reading Canadiana or dating neurotic redheads with an affinity for scrapbooking and azaleas.
But let’s stick to books. My question for you is this: What celebrated authors just don’t do it for you? Which writers, that your friends simply rave about, have landed on your “Do Not Read” list? I want to know.
From literature to fantasy football. Looks like my Snow Monkeys are headed to defeat and a 500 record on the season (this unless the Baltimore Ravens defense manages to hold the jets to no yards in the second half of their Sunday night game). Tracking my players throughout the day has thoroughly exhausted me. And I’m not the only one. Ivon and Lawren, who also came over to watch the games (and track THEIR respective fantasy football league players) had equally taxing days. Rob Cooper, who doesn’t play fantasy football, had his spirit sapped nonetheless when his beloved Cowboys lost another heartbreaker. Well, at least the spread was memorable. I made New Orleans barbecue shrimp and caponata. Akemi made crab mousse. Ivon made his 8 hour slow roast pork shoulder…
Rob brought Valrhona chocolate brownies…
Lawren brought rugelach and, oh yeah, I made kasu (sake) ice cream.
The dogs, meanwhile, hung out upstairs, away from all the shouting –
News of note:
Scientists identify the catchiest song of all time: Catchiest song ever scientifically proven
This is why I don’t like flying. Or ferris wheels: Small plane crashes into ferris wheel
Woman discovers her boyfriend was hiding a shocking secret. He’s a she: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044361/Nicole-Lindsay-discovers-boyfriend-actually-lesbian-sex-offender-Samantha-Brooks.html?ITO=1490