I think everyone reads J.D Salinger not because they discovered his work but because Catcher in the Rye is force- fed to us all around the age of 14/15. I have to be honest; I don’t remember being blown away by this book. I am prepared to be denounced as illiterate and uneducated, tutted at for being the philistine among you but if I remember correctly, I found it a rather boring book.
I think I still have my school copy in the attic and based on my recent bout of learning and discovery, and owing to his passing I have added Catcher in the Rye to my ever growing to-read list. I wonder if I will be blown away now?
Here is an article by Dave Eggers.
In the Times for crissake! Well timesonline. Enjoy
Spot the spelling mistake
What Should I Read Next? Seriously? May I suggest a bottle of wine and turn off your phone? You have no need of friends where you are headed…
I am becoming slowly but surely addicted to Evernote. That first note you make yourself – not a saved web page – but your own writing, is exactly like that first cigarette. I don’t remember my first kiss or my first time but I do remember my first cigarette and now my first Evernote note. A girl can’t have too many firsts.
Although I have managed to kick my nicotine habit into touch, I have never managed to loosen the grip of my stationery addiction. That monkey has been riding on my back since I was four and we are still friends. It is an addiction that has matured into a well rounded rather pleasant fetish, perfectly at home indoors and out. My only problem with stationery is that I fall in love with a notebook and assign it a Great Purpose, then immediately either forget that purpose or randomly use the notebook for something else. The result is that if you ask me for say, a list of everyone’s birthdays, I would need to look up about seven different notebooks. If you asked me for all my class notes for trimester one, bearing in mind I only had two classes, we would need to flip through two moleskins and two Claire Fontaine notebooks. It’s a pernicious habit that makes collating notes, lists and writing very difficult. This has been compounded over the past few years with my writing files and documents being strewn across two desktops, three memory sticks, one lap top, Google Docs, Word 2003 and Word 2007. Hmm this started off to highlight my delight and addiction to stationery and online note-taking and instead has become an exposé of my shocking filing habits. With self revelatory tendencies like this who needs bad word of mouth?
So I am kinda loving Evernote which for me works a bit like Delicious fused with eight thousand notebooks. I have been using it for blog entries, scribbles, random paragraphs, aide memoires, research and lists. Although – hang on – shit! My Evernote filing is also appalling. I am going to stop this rather damming confession lest I shame myself into the mammoth task of refiling my life as a displacement activity. You can check out Evernote here.
I admit it. Freely and in front of you. I make snap judgments about people often based on nothing more than what they are wearing and what they look like.
Let me give you a recent example. On our first day back at university, the literary editor for the Scotsman newspaper, aka The Browser, aka Stuart Kelly, aka our Reader-in-Residence, held a literary quiz that featured a wholly original scoring system and was graciously supplemented with wine and nibbles. I was sharing a sofa with two fellow students, one of whom I know is primarily interested in writing porn; I believe specifically screenplays. We have never discussed it but my understanding is that they want to produce scripts that challenge the current porn movie formula of fuck-plot-money-shot, and introduce dialogue slightly more arresting than ‘Hello. Are you the plumber? Ooh! You’ve brought your three friends. The sink is upstairs. Follow me.’ Perhaps Bronte does Monte if you will.
So there I am perched on the armrest of the sofa sipping wine from a plastic cup, unprepared for literary quizzes of any kind and the announcement – totally unrelated to any conversation going on in the room – from the second sofa inhabitant that they write gay erotica. It was a strange moment and I am still not sure if it was a confession, a boast or a random gesture of relationship building made to the room at large. They were drinking red wine with orange juice and I am sure there is a connection there.
My shock was compounded by the immediate twin realisations that a) I did not have a gay erotica writer in my collection of mental images (although I do now), and b) that the announcer couldn’t possibly write gay erotica because they looked so unsuited to such a pursuit. I am not sure if they are even gay which is a prerequisite in my view.
However, they do say that what goes around comes around. That as ye reap so ye sow. The following evening during drinks, the conversation got round to television. I am always at a loss at TV talk, mainly because I have never seen any show that is currently hip. I saw Friends for the first time in 2007 and remember being a bit disturbed that I had never seen an episode during its 10-year run. It’s not because I don’t like TV but I don’t have Sky plus or TiVo or any other recording device and the commitment of having to get myself in front of the TV every week at a specific time freaks me out. After I had admitted ignorance of every show up for discussion there was a friendly attempt to include me in the conversation by suggesting shows that I probably would have seen. I was mortified when one chap – who I was starting to quite like – suggested confidently ‘Emmerdale?’ I was speechless. Clearly, I look like his mental image of an Emmerdale viewer. What an utter bastard! Can you believe such short sightedness? Hurrumph!
The moral of this story? Judge not he that throweth the first stone at glass houses before walking a mile in another man’s shoes; always use a psuedonym when you write porn and never forget to lie about watching TV.