I am 38 now. I am going gray slowly all the time. I have been looking forward to it for a while. And I like how it looks.
It’s not so easy for women. There is a huge amount of money and a huge culture about dying hair. And to me gray is sexy. Look at someone like Emmylou Harris who looks fabulous with gray, Helen Mirren gorgeous, Judi Dench beautiful. But if you look at pictures of people looking good with gray hair, it’s usually men in the media. Even at a site called “Silverfoxes” it’s still 2 to 1 men.
Anne Kreamer in her book “Going Gray” talks about all the politics, media, and money in dying hair. There is literally billions of dollars spent. And in a lot of industries, it’s considered standard to dye hair. Despite the fact that there is an artificiality to it. And if you look at the back cover Ms. Kreamer looks FAR better with some gray hair. Fabulous vs. dowdy.
It’s just one of those things changed by advertising. And a very interesting book. ***1/2 (pg 138 of 206) (Warren PL/Westbrook, Me). Fyi, Westbrook used to have the Warren and Walker Libraries. The Warren library had private funding from the SD Warren paper mill (now Sappi) unfortunately it closed a few years ago and it’s collection is now part of Walker Library which is the public library in Westbrook, Me where I live.
Books finished this week:
Maine Poems by Richard Berhart: A poetry collection where I could tell the imagery was pretty but it mainly left me cold. I really enjoyed the long poem “Sea Storm” which pushed this to **1/2. I think Berhart would be a solid short story writer. (Warren PL)
Shakespeare Wrote For Money by Nick Hornby: A collection of Nick Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” columns from the monthly “Believer” magazine from August, 2006 to September, 2008. Includes some off months, and one “Stuff I’ve Been Watching.” Good stuff, so far have checked out one book from his suggestions the YA book Skellig which I will talk about later. Without question this column inspired my weekly blogpost. Thank you, Mr. Hornby. ***1/2 (Baxter Memorial Library/Gorham, ME/Minerva)
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler: Easily the most fun book I read all week. I am lucky to be in a job at a call center where I can read while it’s slow. First person fiction is very dependent on a great central character and Virginia Shreve is a wonderful character. Just enjoyable, and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will enjoy it. ***1/2 (Kindle) I think if you are a teenaged outcast would probably be ****. Good stuff.
More Kindle stuff:
The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin: Very British so far. Elkin also has some absurdly long 50 word plus sentances. Enjoying the story about the dad who gave extraordinary measures for his son, who wonders if the sick should just have fun. Looking forward to where this is going. This is definitely not a book for everyone. 8%
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: I have been reading this in pieces for a long, long time. Interesting stuff, not sure why I keep being distracted. Probably just my reading ADD. And you could also argue the book tries to do too much. Curious to see where it all falls. 48% ***
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Breezed through it one homeroom in high school. Ie quick skim. Enjoying it now. Steinbeck is one of the great American writers who deserves the honor. 16%
Really the Earth … dominated my reading on the Kindle this week.
Other stuff. Library +
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: Someone at the call center let me borrow this. Don’t think I read it in school. Pretty decent. *** pg 60 of 195
Honey and Salt by Carl Sandburg: Good stuff, nowhere near as amazing as the great “Chicago Poems.” This came out in 1953, Chicago Poems in 1916. Sometimes being young and loud is a good thing. *** (Warren ML)
Ballistics by Billy Collins: Solid book of poetry. I think I am liking this the best of the Billy Collins book I am reading. *** 1/2 (pg 60 of 110) (Patten Free Library, Bath, ME/Minerva)
Skellig by David Almond: Recommended by Hornby’s “Shakespeare” book. Good stuff so far, Nick Hornby is right the immediacy of young adult fiction is just wonderful. ***1/2 (pg 34 of 182)
The Town of No by Wesley McNair: Good stuff, that I am going through too slowly. I have a lot of poetry checked out right now. pg 32 of 85 (Warren PL)
Nine Horses by Billy Collins: Another solid book of Collins poetry. “The Trouble with Poetry” is still my favorite Collins book. pg 77 of 120 (Walker PL)
Convinced my wife to buy “Gender Outlaws”(not on Kindle) and get “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation” on the Kindle. Didn’t read much of it this week. But, it’s great stuff.
Questions About Angels by Billy Collins: I will finish a Billy Collins poetry book this week. I will finish… pg 56 of 91. Probably the weakest of the Collins book I am reading but still ***.
So that’s it. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is a lot of Fun” and Nick Hornby’s “Believer” columns are just awesome. I hope other authors, writers do similar things. I can’t imagine this is the only “What I Am Reading” style post on the blogosphere.