Did Jen break the internet?

There seems to be only select sites working at the moment from both my cable connection and my wireless iPad connection. Of course WordPress is one I can’t get to but the Apple website loads up quick as can be. Hmm, perhaps there is a conspiracy afoot? I’m going to ignore the internet for now and hope that by the time I am done writing this in TextEdit on my Mac, things will be hunky-dory again. (Since you see this posted, things are working again, sort of. Thanks Moss and Roy!)

Let’s talk about reading plans for June!

May reading went pretty well. I have King Lear carrying over but will be finished with him by the weekend. I am also just over halfway through The Luminaries. Goodness, is this a long book! I am enjoying it, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wish it weren’t so wordy. For those of you who have read it, I am past the first long part where the men at the Crown are telling various parts of their stories and am just hours away from the seance. Except the time it is taking to get there seems like it is moving in real time and not book time.

Oh, yes, I am also still reading Teaming With Microbes. It is a very science-y book and sometimes my eyes glaze over just a bit but other times it is fascinating. I learned last night that bacteria make soil alkaline and fungi make soil acidic. So how do I get fungi to thrive in my blueberry beds? I haven’t learned that yet but I hope I will. I will be very disappointed if the book doesn’t go there.

Besides these carry-overs, I have just started Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf. It focuses on George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and how their passion for gardening and agriculture shaped America from its very beginning. I am reading this along with Danielle who actually got to hear Wulf speak not long ago. I am supremely jealous about that.

I also started reading Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. It is a collection of essays. I have thus far read the titular essay and found it both funny and sad. Though Solnit did not invent the word, nor does she particularly like it, the term “mansplaining” came into existence because of this essay which was first published on the internet.

I had planned on reading Euripides’ play Medea sometime over the summer, but after seeing the preview for the upcoming National Theatre production of it, I decided I had to read it now. So from the library I borrowed a more recent translation by Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer. It looks like it has a good introduction and lots of notes. I’m really looking forward to it!

I will be getting a book of poetry in the mail soon, a review copy, that sounded too good to resist. The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight in collaboration with artist Terrence Tasker, was created in the 1970s. I’m not certain that it has ever been published before. I love it when artwork and poetry are combined plus, it is inspired by the Sophocles play. I’m excited to read this.

Another poetry book I have on hand is But What by Dutch poet Judith Herzberg. Recommended by my friend Cath, I am excited to read this one too.

No doubt with all my various hold requests at the library at least one or more have to read now because I can’t renew it books will arrive for me and throw all my carefully laid plans by the wayside. But at least, as I look back over my plan, I see I am excited by and looking forward to reading and/or already enjoying every book I mention. That makes me happy.

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