Tue. | Dec. 13 – – which books are your must read this winter?
Oh, I have so many hopes and dreams and plans for my winter reading! Perhaps one third of it will actually happen. Here are some of them:
I like to re-read two favorite children's books around Christmas time: The Dark is Rising and The Children of Green Knowe. I don't do it every year or anything, but I do it pretty often. I'm particularly excited about the Green Knowe book this year, for reasons obvious to regular readers -- I actually got to visit the real Green Knowe about six months ago, and now I get to imagine the whole thing in greater detail! So I'm saving it for last; right now I'm reading Over Sea, Under Stone before I start The Dark is Rising. Who knows, maybe I'll decide to read them all?
The coolest thing that I'm doing right now is re-reading the Roman d'Eneas, a 12th- century French romance based on the Aeneid. It's kind of the very first chivalric romance, as opposed to the older chansons de geste -- a tale not just of great deeds, but of love as well. It is pretty great stuff.
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Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution, by Frederic C. Rich is about the environmental movement and the need to depoliticize it in the US. Real progress has only come when both parties have worked together, and when environmentalists and Republicans treat each other like enemies, nobody wins. I'm interested to see what Rich has to say.
The Loom of Time by Kalidasa is one of the great works of Sanskrit literature and one of the remaining titles on my Classics Club list. It's a play I'm looking forward to!