Extreme Reading part 1), in the hospital while in labour (not past transition...in case you were wondering, though I remember each of those books with extra fondness), while cooking, on the back of a motorcycle, while walking my dog, and many times surreptitiously when I was supposed to be doing something else (working, sleeping, cleaning, putting things away, etc). That probably accounts for my clumsiness as it’s hard to avoid bumping into things if you’re reading while walking.
It may well be just a naughty streak, but I quite like reading in odd and sometimes extreme circumstances. That isn’t to say that I don’t also like reading in relaxed, comfortable positions. A window nook or warm bed will do just fine, but I do find that what I read is coloured by the conditions under which I read, and an interesting situation can make for a very powerful addition to the experience, as the reading is impacted upon by hormones (as in the case of labour), bad music (as in the case of DLR), good music (for example, I’m currently reading Philip Glass’ wonderful memoir Words Without Music and having his music on while reading is perfect). So what about you? Have you ever read a book while travelling on the back of an elephant? Sneaked a peak during a rock concert? Took your book out when you should have been doing something far more responsible like cleaning the bathroom? Go on...tell all. I’d like to know. It will just be between us.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
http://www.judithbeveridge.com/books-and-sample-poems/2-devadattas-poems-2014. Here’s a tiny except from “New Day”, which really picks up the character of Beveridge’s Devadatta:
I will walk into town with my alms bowl. The windBeveridge, who has published eight books of poetry (6 full and 2 chapbooks), is a judge in this year’s Newcastle Poetry Prize, and will be in conversation with Les Murray at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. She has won most major poetry prizes for her work, including the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. She’s also the poetry editor of Meanjin - a very significant literary magazine that will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. I’ll be writing a full review of Devadatta’s Poems shortly, but in the meantime, you can read more samples of Beveridge’s exquisite poetry here: http://www.judithbeveridge.com/books-and-sample-poems/
seems to chant: food, fodder fibre, flowers, fuel.As I walk, there’s the tang of caraway, the grassy
scent of sorrel, the subtle sweetness of thyme.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Compulsive Reader News March. This month’s issue features the usual welter of literary news, 10 fresh reviews, including my take on Joanne Burns’ very challenging book brush, an interview with The Poser’s Jacob Rubin, Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, and plenty of others to tempt you to expand your TBR list. We’ve also got a couple of very nice giveaways - including The Poser and Girl Underwater by Claire Kells, who is also interviewed this month. Don’t miss it (and if you’re not getting it and should be, let me know...)