I was listening to Q on CBC radio when I first learned about this book. Ted Anthony, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, became obsessed with the song “House of the Rising Sun” and decided to trace the song back to its origins and write a book about the journey.
The result reminds me of a travel memoir. There is a beginning, filled with drive and inspiration. A Middle where you meet the most interesting kinds of people and their stories move you and change you in some way. Finally there is the conclusion where you face a full circle moment and realize how connected we all are. Perhaps I am stretching the journey a little far and making more of it than it was. But I felt connected to Ted Anthony in the height of his fandom. I was moved by what he found. “Chasing the Rising Sun” is a perfect addition to any music lover’s library.
What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can’t move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won’t be troubling you much longer.
Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don’t know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter.
Just finished Helen Humphreys’ The Frozen Thames. It is a collection of short stories which take place between the 15th and 19th Centuries when the River Thames froze over. There are stories of love, loss and ice. I think Christina Decarie’s review sums up the experience best: “to speak of loss lightly but profoundly.”
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is written as a letter from a girl, Min Green, to her ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton, explaining why they broke up. It is a pretty book, with colour illustrations by Maria Kalman. It is a neat concept but it got a little repetitive and left me kind of bored.
Ed is the co-captain of the basketball team and one of the “cool” kids and Min is a regular girl with a great interest in film. Like most teenage boys, especially the cool jock types, Ed is a bit of a jerk. Their relationship kind of felt like if Nathan and Haley in One Tree Hill were a real life couple, this is what would have happened. The jock would stay a jerk and the idealistic girl would have her heart broken, but still never learn her lesson.