I am a great beginner of unfinished books.
I was gonna make a quip about TGWTDT but then I saw Provincializing Europe and then I lost my train of thought.
Because it’s a book I should have already read? Blogging that pile is my attempt to make shame functional, so pile it on. Several of them I have already read and am re-reading, though.
I read your post and wished I’d wrteitn it
your Naipaul tolerance is pretty high. I never drink the stuff, so it makes me punch drunk after just a few sips.
I’ve been reading his new travel book in Africa and, well, I needed to slowly introduce the toxins into my blood stream so I’d be able to make it all the way through.
Working for an obstetrician would be a very inrteesting job. I currently work doing admissions and dispositions as well in my job and one thing I do, is take down all the information on the babies being born. Its amazing how many babies are born in just one month at the hospital, I do a minimum of 20 babies a month, and sometime the unfortunate part of documentation on babies who do not make it. Its a stressful field as well and you really have to practice empathy for those parents who have to deal with things going wrong.
Cool! That’s a clever way of looking at it!
No, mostly because it has the same plot as TGWTDT and thus made redundant.
I like this strategy. I will adopt it. The photographing, not the shame. I do consider reading an introduction and two key chapters “completing a book.” It’s the only way to keep sane.
I need the shame, I think. But there’s something nice about formally framing a wedge of unfinished work as a way of prophesying future activity in a (hopefully) self-fulfilling way: I will read some of these books! Endelea!
And yes, gutting a book. But not a novel, sadly…
Have you read Ngugi’s new memoir, by the way?
I just cleared Ngugi out of my system–submitted something. I can’t re-engage with him yet, not if I hope to complete the stuff that is staring at me. Plus, I’d prefer to get Tutuola out of my system first.
Ooooh! Ooooh! Tell me about it!
Those all look like finished books to me. But does your trick work? Because if it does I think it would be eminently patentable.
That’s what makes me great.
I highly recommend finishing Dreamworld and Catastrophe. It’s a fantastic piece of work.
I hate to add to that pretty picture but you really need to read Jonathan Lear’s Radical Hope. I have no idea why we haven’t discussed it but it’s all about all the things we have been discussing these many years. Which also reminds me that once you hand in your diss, we are gonna do a panel together.
Will add it to the list; sounds fascinating.
As for the panel, how about “From John Ford to Johnnie To: Visions of the Frontier in Our Favorite Movies”
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