I just walked in the door from a trip to both the library and the bookstore. Oh, why have I of all human beings been so blessed?! And it's raining today. And I went to the grocery store. Oh, why oh, why is today so awesome?
Ahem. I'm just, really jovial today. It's awesome!
At Borders I was speed walking through the door when I just happened to catch, out of the very corner of my eye, the big words AMY TAN on the clearance rack outside. And so I bought a $6 hardcover copy of Saving Fish from Drowning, and the inside jacket says this:
"It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flip and twirl. 'Don't be scared,' I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning.' Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes."
Even more interesting is the Albert Camus quotation on the title page, "The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." And from what reviews I've read, the book was a flop. But it's a silly story, while at the same time a political commentary, and it was quite a steal. So yay for Amy Tan!
While I was at Borders, there was a buy-two-get-one-free sale on Moleskine! I'm such a sucker for sales. (And suffice to say, I'm kind of broke now.) I rashly stocked up on cashier books, yeah, I finally bought a lined one. We'll see if I like it better than the unlined. I also bought a book of Spanish poems (which is neat, because as an English speaker I can't appreciate the inference of a poem in Spanish, but the poem translated to English has irregular meter and rhyme, so it adds so much depth to the poem to have the side-by-side translation), and a side-by-side translation of some famous Spanish short stories. Yes, I'm branching out into world literature, wewt!
Oh, but dear friends, what I got from the library is almost better! On the account of being, you know, free. I grabbed The Turn of the Screw and Slaughterhouse Five because they were on my reading list . . . so they're principally for the drive to South Carolina. But hey, I love Henry James! I also grabbed two twoddle books, one about a hippy kid who has to go to school when his hippy grandmother is in the hospital, and one period book about some girl in Oxford who's addicted to opiates and has a mysterious secret. Don't judge me. Books are books, whether they're trashy young adult fiction or critically acclaimed classics.
Adding all of this to the books I'm already in the middle of reading, um, I have a lot of reading to do! I like reading.