- What was your week like?
- Did you read any good books?
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
"I'll be posting 159 Love Books I Have Read on Tuesday. Some of the titles are rather odd. How many books with 'love' in the title have you read?" — posted yesterday by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
One night, the presses broke down and I carefully pulled my book out of the pocket of the apron we wore to keep ink off our clothes. Holding it open with something (paper? cloth? I don't remember) so my ink-stained fingers wouldn't ruin the book, I started reading. A woman standing near me leaned over to see the title and said in a cooing voice, "Oooh, LOVE and WILL." I suddenly realized she assumed it was a romance novel, like she and others around us were reading. The protagonist must be looking for love with a guy named "Will." Nope, it was my philosophy homework. I was studying, not merely reading for pleasure. She looked rather puzzled when I told her what the book was really about.
Love and Will ~ by Rollo May, 1969
Rollo May, an existentialist, articulated the principle that an awareness of death is essential to life, rather than being opposed to life. The book explores how the modern loss of older values, whose structures and stories provided society with explanations of the mysteries of life, forces contemporary humanity to choose between finding meaning within themselves or deciding that neither oneself, nor life, has meaning.
"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."I found that quote from the book online, but with no page number. This book may be borrowed online for free by clicking the title.
Mortality ~ by Christopher Hitchens, 2012, memoir, 9/10
Essays about the author's struggle with esophageal cancer, published posthumously. Hitchens, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, was asked to write about his illness for the magazine. He managed to dispatch seven essays from "Tumourville" before he was overcome by his illness.Reading now
A sailor dooms his ship’s crew by murdering an albatross and is lost at sea, alone with the burden of his guilt, until a meeting with divine messengers brings him the opportunity to do penance. Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s (1772-1834) haunting parable of sin and absolution is widely recognized as one of the greatest narrative poems in the English language and was a defining achievement in the establishment of the Romantic Movement.Up Next
Garner satirizes the trend toward political correctness and censorship of children's literature, with an emphasis on humor and parody.Once Upon a More Enlightened Time ~ by James Finn Garner, 1995
Garner continues his mission to liberate our classic fairy tales from archaic, sexist, ageist, classist, lookist, and environmentally unsound prejudices with a new collection of humorous tales for readers of evolved consciousness.