What is literature?
Friday Quote: “Literature is the right use of language irrespective of the subject or reason of utterance.”
And what is the “right use” asks Jim Holt in his NY Times editorial “Is Philosophy Literature?” (7/1/12) “Lucidity, elegance, individuality.” (Evelyn Waugh).
With summer nearly halfway over and I thought I’d share my summer reading list.
1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. A very quick and enjoyable summer escape.
2. “Song of the Lark” by Willa Cather is a beautifully written portrait of a heroic woman artist.
3. “Da Vinci’s Ghost” by Toby Lester. A fascinating historic journey into the Vitruvian Man’s impact on da Vinci.
4. “Sacred Geometry” by Stephen Skinner. A very palatable explanation of the Pythagorean theory and mystical history.
5. “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” by Michael J. Gelb. An inspiring teaching resource easily translatable to the classroom.
6. “Quiet” by Susan Cain. A nice companion for those of us who have been labeled “too sensitive.” It’s filled with rich insights on the artist, the inventor, and introverts vs. extroverts.
7.“The Lower River” by Paul Theroux. The atmospheric, edgy novel finds its protagonist unprepared as he journeys back to primitive Africa. it’s almost as great as Coetzee’s haunting “Disgrace.”
8. “Canada” by Richard Ford. Andrew Dubois’s glowing review in the New York Times (June) sold me on this book. It is next on deck.
9. “Adobe Photoshop for Photographers (CS6)” by Martin Evening. Evening is an Adobe “Hall of Famer” and this book doesn’t disappoint.
10. “Picasso and Photography” Anne Baldassari. I never realized the impact of photography on Picasso’s art.
Would love to hear what you are reading. I bet my readers would too.