Sunday, October 12, 2014
5 things: Rainbow reading
—Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects
Recall the Greek myth of Narcissus—a beautiful youth falls in love with his own reflection, and dies. This is meant as a warning: such are the dangers of recognizing no reality but our own.
It can seem hopelessly old-fashioned these days to read books, but they’re the best salve for humanity I know. Some excellent alternative realities:
1. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
An exquisite meditation on fathers and mothers, discontent and self-scrutiny, hate, grief, and catharsis.
2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Intimate, weird, enchanting.
3. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
A rapturous telling of the 20th-century American dream.
5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
On what happens when you defer happiness.