Monday, May 15, 2006
Reading . . .
I'm stuck in Love in the Ruins. The first 70 pages was entertaining and awesome. But it just got sorta blah. Maybe it is my mood change. Oh well. I trudge on.
One of my favorite parts so far was the description of life in the world Dr. Thomas More lives in:
The reason the tang is warm is that the refrigerator doesn't work. Nothing works. All my household motors are silent: airconditioning, vacuum, dishwasher, dryer, automobile. Appliances and automobiles are more splendid than ever, but when they break down no one will fix them. My car broke down at the A & P three weeks ago and nobody would come and fix it so I abandoned it. Paradise is litered with the rusting hulks of splendid Pontiacs, Olds, and Chrystlers that develped vapor locks and dead batteries and were abandoned. Nowadays people buy cars, drive them until they break down, abandon them, and buy another. Most of my friends have switched to Toyotas, which have one moving part.
Dont tell me the U.S.A. went down the drain because of Leftism, Knotheadism, apostasy, pornography, polarization, etcetera, etcetera. All these things may have happened, but what finally tore it was that things stopped working and nobody wanted a repairman (62-63).
Typing that just now made me think of parallels to euthenasia, abandonment of the elderly today. Hmph.
In other news, I went to not my usual half price book store and bought:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (SUPER BUY! $3.00!)
Angela'sAshes by Frank McCourt (SUPER BUY! $2.00!) and
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody.
Add those to the LIST.
Also: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005, which looks interesting.