Bond, Brontes, and the End of Bloglines
Last week I started the final course of my MA: The Brontes, two nights per week, for six weeks. What a nice way to end my academic career, no? I think this is my third time through Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and they both get better on each reading. And I’m excited about the lesser known novels too--I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne). It’s pretty cheeky stuff for its time. I’m starting to think about papers again--the very last academic paper I will ever write (yay!) will revisit one of my favourite topics: the maternal. There is no shortage of material in the Bronte books.
For work, I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons by reading genres I normally shy away from, specifically popular fiction and non-fiction. I just started reading a manuscript copy of Ronald White’s What is America? Books about current events are not usually my thang, but so far this one is very readable, and is almost distracting me from Villette. Almost.
I’ve also made a discovery that has rocked my world--audiobooks! I just finished listening to the new James Bond, Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks. (Full discosure: this is a big book for us. But I promise you, I will never recommend a book here I don’t truly adore--the ones I don’t like, I don’t mention at all). Big or not, Bond is fucking great! The reader is fantastic (I love how he does the female voices). The book is fast-paced and cinematic, with gruesome killings, exotic locations, wonderful descriptions of food and drink, and dark humour. Bond is just as he should be--like Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, he’s tough and rough. Pitch perfect.
I went to a Web 2.0 conference yesterday. The speaker, Mitch Joel (who is fabulous by the way), convinced me to convert from Bloglines to Google Reader (it’s so easy to share items, creating reciprical links, which you can automatically post to your Facebook profile using an application called Feedheads. This stuff turns me on.
What’s exciting you on the web these days?