I expect blogging to be somewhat light for the next several weeks. Now that I’ve finished wrestling with Melville—for now, for now—and am reading at whim I won’t have quite as much to say. Plus, I’ll be busy with a few other things. For one, I’ll be getting ready, both at home and at work, for another vacation, this one with wider appeal than the last: I’m going to Yellowstone! (I’m super excited about this; the East Coaster in me gets super excited about seeing the West.) Also unlike last time, I think I’ll be taking a “blogcation” (ugh, what a horrid word) during the trip itself, so it will be especially quiet around here for a week or so. Oh, and I’m already having book-packing stress. Will I even want/have time to read? At night, right? Anyway.
So far in my reading at whim I’ve gone through two not just contemporary but actually brand-new novels, and I have one more on the way to me shortly (Jean-Christophe Valtat’s Aurorarama). But now I have turned back to the classics and to my first work by Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor. Pretty sure Amateur Reader recommended that to me as a good starting point a while back and that’s how it ended up in my house. How much do you love the Scotch maiden complete with tartan shawl on the cover of the latest Oxford World’s Classics edition?
I haven’t actually told Frances yet, and I’m still afraid to commit, but I think I’m going to join her Madame Bovary readalong in October. Largely because I have never read Flaubert. (I said that loudly instead of whispering, even though I wanted to, because the first step in reading dehumiliation is admitting you have a problem.) So hopefully we’ll be remedying that soon. Her schedule does seem awfully doable.
Last, I’m really going back and forth on whether to do another seminar at the Newberry Library this fall. A year ago I was thrilled with my class on German Romantic fairy tales, then the one spring offering I liked got cancelled and in summer I spaced and missed registration. I’m feeling much busier this fall than I was a year ago, but there are several awesome-looking classes available. Literature and Humor in Buenos Aires, Dombey and Son (which, ahem, I still haven’t finished…), the Victorian business, Paradise Lost, Emily Dickinson… I don’t know, what should I do? Maybe the Emily Dickinson, because it’s short, and because poetry seems like something it would be good to have help with. Maybe.