Monday, February 13, 2006

"The adult mind has a greater need of fantasy than that of a child."
J. R. R. Tolkien

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Currently Reading...

I have finally finished reading A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I didn't like it. I loved it while I was reading the first part. I love Meg, Charles Wallace, and the rest of the Murry family. I especially love Calvin. But in the middle of reading the book I got bored. And I was still bored when I finished the book. I expected the book to be fantasy, but I don't consider it fantasy. It didn't touch on/wasn't set in/didn't include "faerie"/"the land of faerie." (I "follow" Tolkien's definition of fantasy literature. Hey, he is THE father of the fantasy GENRE.) It's more of science fiction (what happens in the book can be explained by scientific ideas/theories). I actually think it's "Christian science fiction." I still want to read L'Engle's other books in the Time Quartet though, because I like her characters (Calvin, Meg, et al.).

Right now I am reading Book One of the Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (this is good - I'm addicted!), Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (I don't know WHY I continue to read Funke's works - her plots are too slooow for me), and The Excellent 11 by Ron Clark (very inspiring and helpful for teachers!).

The Romantic Relationship as a Long Passionate Dialogue

As one of Ford Madox Ford's characters in Parade's End says: "You seduced a woman in order to be able to finish your talks with her. You could not do that without living with her. You could not live with her without seducing her; but that was the by-product. The point is that you can't otherwise talk. You can't finish talks at street corners; in museums; even in drawing-rooms. You mayn't be in the mood when she is in the mood - for the intimate conversation that means the final communion of your souls."

I wouldn't move in with my boyfriend or let him move in with me, but I do want a romantic relationship that is a long passionate dialogue.