I could do a review of Country of the Pointed Firs today. Or I could do a review of Aspern Papers. But I am so tired that I wouldn’t be able to muster more than “really great, everyone should read them!” The reason I am so tired is because I have been making the final preparations this week for the merging of networks this weekend with the nonprofit that my nonprofit merged with earlier in 2007. There will be mostly minor changes for computer users, but there will be some major changes too and I have held multiple training sessions all week. Of course not everyone felt it was important to sign up for a training session. Next week they will be running around in a panic when they can’t log onto their computers or if they manage that, when they can’t find their documents and applications. It will be all my fault and they will tell me I have to help them right now. I would be able to face it better after a weekend of fun, but I have to work this weekend. Which means I will have to postpone what Emerson has to say about Thoreau until next weekend because I haven’t had time to read it yet.

In fact, all week I have been reading only for school. Most of my reading has been on the discussion board. When 50% of the course grade is based on discussion participation, wow, do people have a lot to say! Very different from last quarter when discussion was only 10% of the grade and took place at a leisurely pace.

But I need a little break so I won’t be reading only school stuff tonight. I got a new Harper’s in the mail today and it has an essay by Ursula Le Guin, “Notes on the Alleged Decline of Reading.” I’ve got to read that.

To make up for all my kvetching, since it is Thursday I thought I’d do a list of Thirteen books sitting on my desk right now:

  1. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin. Because I am still deluded that I will be able to read it before I have to give it back to the library.
  2. At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches by Susan Sontag
  3. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  4. Hyde Park Gate News: The Stephen Family Newspaper by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and Thoby Stephen
  5. The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury by Sarah M. Hall
  6. Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004 – 2006 by Adrienne Rich
  7. Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
  8. The Revisionist by Miranda Mellis
  9. That Summer in Paris by Abha Dawesar
  10. The Door by Margaret Atwood
  11. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  12. The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
  13. The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe by Michael Frayn

And that’s not even all the books on my desk!