Friday, January 25, 2008

Raincheck on the Marlboro Man

Last night I was not feeling my best- so we had to take a raincheck on the Marlboro Man Sandwich. Conrad stopped and picked up something to eat and then I went to bed. I did try to stay up and watch Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? That principal almost went the entire distance and I can not believe that *I* did not rememeber it was Jonathon Swift who wrote Gulliver's Travels. Clearly, I need to devote some time this year to re-reading some of the classics. I may add that to my 2008 Goals List.

There's already so much on there... pertaining to books I have a deal with myself to read a certain amount of non-fiction and a certain amount of biographies. So it won't hurt to add a classic or two to the mix. My favorite of all time is The Jungle- by Upton Sinclair. First of all, how ROCKING is his name? I wish my name was Upton- I really think I could do that name justice! Second of all it's set in the 1920's, which besides Civil War time, is my favorite era .... and then of course, there's just the story itself, which is about Canneries- you know, factories that can food. It was VERY eye-opening and was written before the Food and Drug Administration was put into effect. Anyway- good book and I highly recommend it to you all.

I think also I want to re-read The Great Gatsby (Conrad wants to know what made him so great (*SIGH*) ... and maybe also the Grapes of Wrath (Conrad wants to know who John Steinbeck is). WOW... anyway, ok... so maybe those two can go back on my list. I don't know if I will ever read Of Mice and Men again- it so depressed me and like the book, Where the Red Fern Grows, made me sick to my stomache for weeks. I take books VERY personally. :)

I encourage any reader of this blog to read one of the classics listed here, or any that might interest you. People just wrote differently way back when. Our heads are so filled with smut and trash and things that don't mean anything- I think reading some hardcore literature would be good for us all! I think you all should pick two and read them before December 31st.


Here are some I recommend:

Great Gatsby
Scarlet Letter
The Grapes of Wrath
A Tale of Two Cities
The Jungle
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Pride and Prejudice
The Picture of Dorian Gray- SCARY!
The Time Machine
Treasure Island
Gulliver's Travels
Wuthering Heights

Look how many we have to choose from!


Corrin said...

it sounds cliche, but great gatsby is one of my all-time favorites. book and movie.