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April 26th, 2007

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10:30 pm - more books finished
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Got this at the suggestion of my DBT therapist, and really enjoyed the first read-through. It will bear further study, certainly.

Writing With Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose 1983 - 2005 by Margaret Atwood
I ordered this sight unseen (i.e. subtitle unread) thinking it might be a book on writing, and even though it isn't technically, it still is. To unravel that sentence: while it isn't a how-to-write book like Le Guin's Steering the Craft, Atwood talks about writing in general and her writing process off and on throughout. Plus, as the best way to learn to write is do so, followed closely by reading extant prose of excellent authors, the collection is a fine tutorial in the execution of the occasional piece.

Not yet finished but creeping me out enough to mention: the unabridged audiobook of Nabokov's Lolita, read by Jeremy Irons. I've not read the text (yet? ask me later) so this is my first exposure outside of the general cultural referents. So far it's like an extremely lyrical train-wreck.

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Date:April 28th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
My only experience of Lolita is the most recent movie in which Irons starred. A lot of voiceover is used in that movie -- which he did. From that I can believe that an audiobook with him doing the reading is a memorable experience. He has a gift like no other where amoral characters are involved.

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