Wednesday, March 05, 2008

i am reading two books right now

i never read two books at the same time, except i stupidly left the first book i was reading at work, luckily i had two other books in my bag because i am such a loser that i carry multiple books on me at all times so when i inevitably become horribly bored with whatever stupid situation i am in i will at least be able to console myself by reading in public like a true fucking loser.

so that is why i am reading the bell jar and underworld right now. underworld is boring as hell and as far as i can tell it is not even about anything but fuck it is so pretty. if anybody brings it up later i will probably lie and pretend i was kidding when i told you this, but i cry like every four pages just because it is so goddamn pretty. and i'm in public. crying in my book. and i don't even know what i'm crying about because i don't even think this book has a plot.

i really want to like the bell jar because it is written by a woman, and i am dying to disprove my thesis that women can't write. well, they can't. maybe they are not self indulgent enough. i am only on like page 60 but i do not think this book is going to be the one that changes my sexist mind. i mean i'm enjoying it, but i'm not going to lie, i also enjoy reading vc andrews novels, and the backs of shampoo bottles. this book reminds me of catcher in the rye. supposedly smart literature for people who are not smart enough to read actual smart literature. i guess i should have read it when i was 14 and it probably could have changed my life. OH MY GOD IT IS LIKE THIS BOOK IS SPEAKING TO ME.

i probably shouldn't have said catcher in the rye wasn't smart, i guess now somebody is probably going to yell at me. anyway i really hope this book is going to get way better because it is making me lose my faith in whoever is in charge of defining classic literature. seriously, i feel like i am reading fiction from the back of sassy magazine. remember sassy magazine? i know the editors of sassy magazine loved the bell jar. it was their manifesto.

i guess this is what i get for cheating on underworld. god, that book is amazing. it breaks my heart to see words placed in such beautiful order. yesterday while i was reading i could actually smell the setting. like i had to stop reading and sit there and breathe really hard four or five times to figure out what was going on. like am i having a stroke or is this book actually that magnificently written, that it is causing my brain to produce olfactory hallucinations? of course i started crying.

i am going to go finish reading the bell jar now, i will let you know what happens.
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