Coming Soon

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I finally finished Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day this past weekend. I’m trying to digest it, still. But hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll post a review of it. Also, this past weekend, I read Heidi Julavits’s latest book, The Uses of Enchantment. I’ll try to do a review of it soon, as it is well worth reading.

Currently reading a new biography of Augustus called, creatively, Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor. It’s by Anthony Everitt. Until I started reading this book, I didn’t even know I cared about Rome or it’s first emperor. Turns out I do. And it’s made me want to read Virgil’s The Aeneid. If anyone wants to read that with me, we could do a little book club deal, maybe. Discuss it and whatnot. Just let me know.

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3 Responses to “Coming Soon”

  1. juvenal_urbino Says:

    Julavits must’ve been a breezy read. Looking forward to the Pynchon review.

    I might — might — tag along on the Virgil read. (I’ve started to get that new Fagles translation a few times.) But I’ve got 4 books under way already, and I’m already taking a side trip from them to read, coincidentally enough, Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

    What is it about Rome and its first emperor that you care about?

  2. Michael Lasley Says:

    It is simply amazing to me that he became an emperor. He wasn’t an especially good soldier — he often got “sick” the night before a battle and couldn’t participate. He’d anger the entire nation — take away the lands of everyone who had land (kill them, even, to make it easier) in order to give the land to retiring soldiers. And then within a few years, everyone would have forgotten about it and LOVED him. This goes on a few times, actually. Goes from being very hated to very loved.

    Despite his occasional lack of zeal on the battle-field, he seemed to be corageous in some areas of his life — loyal to friends, tried to be honest.

    He seems almost bipolar. So I guess I shouldn’t have said I “care” about him as much as just surprisingly caught up in the soap opera of a life he had.

  3. Michael Lasley Says:

    Oh, and the Julavits book is a pretty quick read. Not earth-shattering, but I enjoyed it.

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