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Reading Wednesday and other errata

I am so tired, people. I feel like I have been on deadline all month. I think that in one way or another, I have been. Also, my skin is freaking out; I have a mystery rash across my back among other things. Might be a stress thing, but I don't feel extra-stressed. Maybe if it's not an actual crisis I don't even notice any more, though? I have been having trouble sleeping, too. Hm.

Anyway, that's a big part of why I've been a bit scarce here this week.

I still managed to start on Leslie Marmon Silko's "Almanac of the Dead," though, and so far I am enjoying it quite a bit. The first, oh, five pages or so were rough because I think I am over stories about drugs and addicts for a while and that's where it begins, but I'm glad I pushed through.

I'm also reading "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland" to the kids as a bedtime story. It's much more interesting than "Coraline" from their perspective, but the chapters are a bit too long for their taste. Also, the illustrations (by Ana Juan, one of our very favorites) are too small. We persevere regardless.


I love Almanac of the Dead. It is perhaps one of my all time favorites. But it does not read like a regular story. For me, it's structure is familiar, the links in the world lining up. I realize how much it is a cultural thing. I gave it to a friend once who later said to me, "that is an excruciating book to read for a white person". I still am not sure exactly what she meant. I'm curious about what you think of it.