Tuesday, March 4, 2014

50 Books in a Year Book #7: Come Be With Me

My friends and I used to while away our time in the Walden books on the Mall by reading Nimoy poetry aloud to each other in our most dramatic of poetic voices. It was really fun as I'm a firm believer that something can be so bad that it's good, and these poems are so deliciously awful I want to read them out loud to everyone. So, I joined a poetry challenge for 2014 just so I could read as much Nimoy as I could!

Thank-you Open Library for having this book to loan.

And, instead of a careful review, I thought I'd let the book speak for itself.

 Look at these delicious poem titles. "Rocket Ships" is by far my favorite, but the poem that follows comes in at a close second.

I also enjoy this one. What I love, love, love about Nimoy poetry is that there are gems lines in every one. In "I Love You" that line comes at the end, "I miss what I am/When you are here...". True right!?

And, here it is MY favorite. This one also seems to be all the rage on the interwebs. Read it and you can see why, the whole thing is so darned fun and I absolutely adore the last stanza, "I guess I'm just/An old-fashioned/Space-man". I can imagine Nimoy reading this whole poem book out loud. 

I think it would be great if Zach Quinto also read Nimoy poetry out loud, maybe they can work that into the next Star Trek movie.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Challenge...of sorts...

My friend Sara and I love a good challenge. We've challenged one another to learn all the states and their capitals in order of how they came into the union, to learn the continents and oceans and presidents. We've challenged one another to watch movies and listen to music (above or below our usual taste) and we've challenged one another to read books out of comfort zone by creating long lists of books we think every human should read.

Buzzfeed has helped us with our latest challenge:

  1. GREAT EXPECTATIONS Charles Dickens
  2. THE HOBBIT JRR Tolkien
  4. MOBY DICK Herman Melville
  6. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA Ernest Hemingway
  7. LOLITA Vladmire Nabakov
  8. CATCH-22 Joseph Heller
  9. 1984 George Orwell
  11. WAR AND PEACE Leo Tolstoy
  12. TREASURE ISLAND Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. MADAME BOVARY Gustave Flaubert
  14. THE ODYSSEY Homer
  15. ULYSSEUS James Joyce
  17. JANE EYRE Charlotte Bronte
  18. OF MICE AND MEN John Steinbeck
  19. THE BELL JAR Sylvia Plath
  21. THE SCARLET LETTER Ernest Hemingway
  22. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Fyodor Dostoevsky
I'm not going to talk about the ones that I've read, the ones that I've sorta read, the ones that I should read again because...we're going to make sure THAT WE'VE READ THEM ALL!

Starting with...*drum roll please*

Crime and Punishment (a book that neither of us have even pretended to read)

What Buzzfeed says about it:
What you think it’s about: Law and Order SVU set in the 19th century.
Why you should actually read it: Dostoevsky addresses the concept of morality and causes readers to wonder whether the end really does justify the means.
What Goodreads says about the audio version, narrated by Alex Jennings (my fav!):
The talented Alex Jennings creates an atmosphere of gripping psychological tension and brings a variety of characters to life in this new audio edition of a crime classic. When the student Raskolnikov puts his philosophical theory to the ultimate test of murder, a tragic tale of suffering and redemption unfolds in the dismal setting of the slums of czarist, prerevolutionary St. Petersburg. While Jennings's adept repertoire of British accents works to demonstrate the varying classes of characters, it occasionally distracts the listener from the Russian setting. However, Dostoyevsky's rendering of 18th-century Russia emerges unscathed, bringing the dark pathos (such as wretched poverty and rampant suffering) to life. 
Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Punishment put Dostoevsky at the forefront of Russian writers when it appeared in 1866 and is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature. 
The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a talented student, devises a theory about extraordinary men being above the law, since in their brilliance they think “new thoughts” and so contribute to society. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. The act brings Raskolnikov into contact with his own buried conscience and with two characters — the deeply religious Sonia, who has endured great suffering, and Porfiry, the intelligent and discerning official who is charged with investigating the murder — both of whom compel Raskolnikov to feel the split in his nature. Dostoevsky provides readers with a suspenseful, penetrating psychological analysis that goes beyond the crime — which in the course of the novel demands drastic punishment — to reveal something about the human condition: The more we intellectualize, the more imprisoned we become.
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