It's March, and that means we're kicking of #NaNoReMo!
If you're just checking in, National Novel Reading Month is a support system to finally read the classics you've been putting off. It's not a book club and we don't all read the same book, though you're welcome to read along with me. Instead, every participant chooses their own classic based on their own definition, and blogs or tweets about their progress. It's been a great experiment every year, and everyone is welcome.
And if you've got a book picked out, sound off in the comments so I can add you to the master list!
The NaNoReMo Master List
John Wiswell: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Ross Dillon: Old Goirot by Honore de Balzac
Helen A. Howell: Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
Cindy Vaskova: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Beverly Fox: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Sonia Lal: Murder on the Orient Express by Agathe Christie
Thanks to everyone who commented and e-mailed about which book I
should pick. My friend Ross rightly chided me that I'd been talking
about reading Bulgakov for too many years, and so I've chosen the
Russian classic The Master and Margarita. It's got the wonderful
elevator pitch of "Satan vacations in Soviet Russia," which is a
wonderful sort of alien satire and immediately reminds me why I bought
it. Even if it I bought it an embarrassing number of years ago.
prefer satire from other time periods and countries because I have a
tricky mind. I can't watch The Daily Show or Colbert Report regularly
because, great as their hosts are, the social commentary is inevitably
obvious and I can always find ways in which it's somehow inaccurate. No,
that's not the problem. The problem is my mind always finds the ways
they are inaccurate, even when they're arguing my position. But when I
read the meaty social criticism of other countries, the requisite
invention of context occupies my mind long enough that the criticism can
sink in and has a fighting chance. As much as I respect Garrison
Keillor, Avarind Adiga is just bound to give my mind more to work with.