Today was the last day of the job I have held for eight years. I am thrilled to be starting a new adventure but sad too. My coworkers gave me a party today and they brought vegan treats. Only the second time I’ve ever had “communal” food that I haven’t brought there myself. They were delighted that I had to stand there trying to figure out what I wanted to eat. I had to laugh at how solicitous they all were about whether I was going to be able to ride my bike to my new job. When I told them that I would be able to they were relieved and happy.
And then they gave me cards with lovely messages in them and a gift card to Half Price Books that they had all pitched in for–$100! That almost made me cry.
Tomorrow begins my library adventure.
I finished reading Harold Bloom over the weekend but I am in no state at the moment to write about it. I also finished The Journal of Jules Renard. When I posted about it before I had said that I didn’t like it at first but that then I liked it. Well, now that I’m done my final assessment is “meh”.
There are lots of lovely little gems in it like, “A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet, and two wings.” But when I read journals I like to read them to get an intimate sense of the person who wrote them and that was lacking here. Most of the entries consisted of only a sentence or two. I don’t think Renard wrote just that sentence for that day, I think the editors pulled it out of longer entries. There is also no sense of time passing, no sense of a progression of thought or artistic development. If it weren’t for the frequency of the lovely sentences, I would have given up on the book long ago.
This is the first English translation of anything from Renard’s journals. It is too bad too because it will not make people interested in reading more, nor will it make people interested in Renard and his other work. I think the book would only be of note for people who are already familiar with Renard. So if you already know and love Renard, chances are you will enjoy this book. If you like aphoristic sentences, you will probably enjoy this book too. If you want to get to know Renard and his social set, read something else.