Friday, November 19, 2010


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I don't know if you know this (how long has it been since we had a conversation like that?), but I have not been very inspired lately. Is it cynicism? Ennui? I cannot say. (Well I could...but I won't here!)

So it was with delight to read Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books on the recent Facebook film. It was heartening to read someone write so beautifully about things I myself had thought around social media and the way we seem to look at, and relate to, each other.

I was so impressed by this piece that I picked up a copy of her novel On Beauty, which, interestingly, is a kind of period piece of the mid-decade that the Social Network is, although in a very different way. I enjoyed the book immensely, and in it rediscovered a love of reading I thought had disappeared (as it often does, and likely will again).

For right now though, things are good!

Although I don't get many commenters here, would anyone like to let me know what they've read lately that has reaffirmed their love of the written word?


Robert Gable said...

I'm reading David Thomson's biography of David O. Selznick. The writer is better than the subject, in this case.

Georgiana said...

I recently discovered Charles Stross, in particular the 'Laundry' series. I don't know if it qualifies as something that would reaffirm anyone else's love of the written word, but I'm finding it funny as hell, and enjoying it immensely....