Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Beets and books

I am so hungry for stories lately. I gobble them greedily, favoring shorter books, graphic novels, or listening to audiobooks while I'm at work. I read blogs for the same reason, daily short stories. I noted this fact to a friend, in a letter, just the other day.

About a week ago I finished re-reading Jitterbug Perfume. I had read it a long time ago, but most of it was forgotten, so reading it this summer was almost like reading it for the first time.

And then, my horoscope for this week (with thanks to Free Will Astrology):

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In addition to food, air, water, sleep, and love, every human being needs stories. No one can psychically survive without the continuous flow of narrative through his or her imagination. And just as there is a big difference between the physical nourishment provided by a salad or by a candy bar, so is there a wide range of quality in the stories you expose yourself to. Soaking up the adventures of über-playboy Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends on the TV show "The Girls Next Door" will probably deplete your energy and lower your intelligence, while reading Tom Robbins' novel *Jitterbug Perfume* may enhance your mental hygiene and sharpen your perceptions. What I'm saying here is always true, of course, but it's especially important for you to keep in mind right now. From what I can tell, you're ravenous for beautiful, uncanny, uplifting stories.


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