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April 25, 2013 @ 6:19 pm | Filed under: ,

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All right, now that the homeschooling-teens blog is up and running, Bonny Glen can get back into its groove. I’m in another minor reading slump—brought on not by lack of interesting choices (heavens no) but quite the opposite: my usual combination of option paralysis and a busy life.

What I’m reading right now, when I’m able to read:

Too Much Happiness, a collection of short stories by Alice Munro—a gift from one of my favorite people, who loves Munro’s work and was surprised I’d missed her along the way. I’ve been savoring the stories slowly these past many weeks, not wanting to get to the end—though I know there is much more Munro waiting for me when I do.

When Dickens Met Dostoevsky”: I mentioned on Facebook that I’ve been chipping away at this long TLS article for two weeks, but don’t let my slow pace suggest the material is plodding. Quite the opposite: this is one of the most fascinating things I’ve read all year. It recounts the gradual untangling of a mystery surrounding a letter, quoted in several recent publications, purportedly written by Dostoevsky and describing in great detail a conversation he had with Dickens in 1862. The letter, it turns out, is a hoax. The story of who concocted it, and how it came to be accepted as authentic by respected scholars, is as gripping as any detective novel I’ve ever read.

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  1. maria says:

    Oh wow, just when you think he could not get any more adorable! 😀

  2. maria says:

    Did not finish my comment due to ‘incredible Huck’ distraction. 😉

    Love this: “I’m in another minor reading slump—brought on not by lack of interesting choices (heavens no) but quite the opposite: my usual combination of option paralysis and a busy life.”

    This so very much describes my life right now. Option paralysis, love this term! And what reading I have been doing is necessary research based, which I am very excitedly devouring but, I am so missing my curl up w/a cup of tea or take a sit in the sun w/book in hand moments. I even tried for a bedtime read a couple of nights ago only to have my nodding sleepy head wake me before I could get through one paragraph. Quite frustrating, especially with my small skyscraper stack of lovely books peering up at me from the floor next to the bed. I can hear their conversations…..
    “Do you think she might read one of us tonight?”
    “I dunno. I’m wondering why did she even bring us home from the library?”
    “Yeah, I’m missing my shelf mates. And there I’m always standing up right not lying horizontally in a tower. This is beginning to get uncomfortable.”
    “Oh I’m sure she will get to us soon, lets just try to be patient.”
    “Sure! Easy for you to say, from your penthouse view! Meanwhile I’m stuck down here at the bottom of this whole stack! Don’t get me started on uncomfortable.”
    Then a muffled sound comes from the bag next to the skyscraper. “Hey! Stop complaining! I’m still in the bag she brought me home in and being purchased there is no due date so I may NEVER make it out of here! HELP!”

    Poor books. 🙁
    Don’t tell them but I’m off to read “When Dickens Met Dostoevsky” which sounds exceptionally fascinating and intriguing! 😀

  3. Stephanie Stevens says:

    I would love to be included in the teens blog if it’s not too late!

  4. Tabatha says:

    Your blog always has so much goodness! I enjoyed checking out David DePasquale’s art (love it!) and now I have to go back and finish that article about Dickens and Dostoevsky.

  5. Shonda says:

    Sorry to pester but I was wondering if you sent me an invitation for the HS blog? I have not received anything. Thanks!