Monday, January 27, 2014

Spring Read List 2014

Somehow, in both my memory and in my semi-conscious thought, I feel the winter nights are long, really long. This is a mix of reality, imagination and that for many-many years, I have slept late and worked nights. To me, my life has been mostly night and for some reason, come January, my life has always seemed like wintertime.

None of this is true when I think about things logically. And since I am an idealist at the core of my being, and an optimist, I believe that there is only one long winter night. I believe and I have always believed that should we be able to make it to the winter solstice, that winter slowly fades because those nights get shorter and shorter. Whatever it takes to get through the short days of winter, right? I have been playing these games for years.

Truth be told, I like the winter. I prefer it. Despite being an idealist, or the optimist I claim to be, I am not so secretly an introverted misanthrope. I prefer working nights because there are less people out. I prefer the winter for the same reason. Spring, summer and autumn are just too crowded.

The ever shrinking winter nights? The ever lengthening winter days? These are still good times for a book. In fact, I believe that most people, on a cold winter's night, would prefer a seat by the fire with hot cocoa in one hand and a book in the other. I'm no different. Jeffery Eugenides in the book Virgin Suicides says that winter is the time for alcoholism and depression. And I'm suggest cocoa and literature.

This season, I'm bravely facing all the works of literature I was just too scared to read before. How about this: science fiction, weird fiction, Edwardian novels, romantic poetry? Pretty kinky combination. Here it is:

The Moon and Six Pence W. Somerset Maugham
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
The Call of Cthulhu H.P. Lovecraft
Minority Report (and other short stories) Philip K. Dick
The Prince's Progress (and other poems) Christina Rossetti
Grimm's Fairy Tales
The Flowers of Evil Charles Baudelaire
Paradise Lost John Milton
The Celestial Ominbus E.M. Forrester

A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud  

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