Saturday, March 12, 2011

Riding the Big Wheel

I noticed recently a dearth of posting material occurring in the daily activities of Your Humble Narrator. Nothing could be done about it. It just was. That usually means nothing out of the ordinary was presenting itself (although it most certainly was occurring). But this is not to say the wheel has not been turning, nor the hamster dead.

I have been cultivating. My son revealed to me The Modern Library, where one can find the list of the 100 Best Novels - as judged by The Panel, and a second list prepared by The Readers.

I decided my lack of literary exposure was yet another "symbol of a misspent youth" (a favorite phrase of my father's) and it was time to rectify the situation. I have embarked on a quest to read them all. Recent conquests include Ulysses, The Grapes of Wrath, The Sound and the Fury, Slaughterhouse Five, As I Lay Dying and Brave New World. Next up: The Great Gatsby.  So I'm making headway...on the list at least.

I've also been spending a little more time at work the last couple of weeks following a promotion. Just an hour here and there, but I have come to value those hours above all the others. I'm past the point where I feel the need to continue seeking 'higher employment' but I recognize that with complacency comes stagnation, so I stepped on the wheel yet again, but this time committed to do so on my terms.

So the antennae are extended against the resurfacing of some of my basic character defects: Obsession. Isolation. Detachment. Preoccupation. Aha! Probably the very reason I haven't noticed anything worth writing about.


  1. I would love to go through all the classics and read/re-read them all. Make it through the whole 100. But then again, I am too busy misspending my youth :) You'll have to let us know how it goes. And congrats on the promotion, even if you are a work horse now. Have a good weekend!

  2. @TGN: Ah, see what 'that liberal arts university' did for you? You are RE-reading most of them whereas I'm moving my lips and re-reading every page!

  3. Congratulation on the promotion. I very much know what long hours are like at the moment.

    nice job with the reading thing, I couldn't do it myself as I don't have the patients. Just make sure you take some time out to keep posting it has been far too long between posts.

  4. @Simon: Thanks! I'll keep trying. Don't work too hard.