State of the Proxy, March 2008
From last month’s gloomy musings, I think I’ve finally opened my eyes a bit. The stress is still there, but I think not as much as before.
From the post title you could glean that aside from anime, books have entered, or re-entered my life with a vengeance. When I was still in school I used to read a lot of magazines and books. When I graduated and got a job, I bought books rarely–mostly only when I felt like it. And a lot of them had to do with programming–the end result being that I usually don’t finish reading the whole thing. The other types I bought more than once were random volumes of Pugad Baboy and books by Jessica Zafra; occasionally I bought classic literary acclaimed books. And then came the 2008 1st quarter storm.
Partly fueled by the fact that a big bookstore chain was having a sale, and the perception that perhaps I could find answers to my questions (or even escape) in reading, the great book shopping spree began. When I was younger I really didn’t give much thought about self-help books; so I found myself in a daze just looking at the titles at the height of my buying spree. Of course I only bought the ones with good reviews or good-sounding blurbs (does Dale Carnegie ring a bell?). I also found the willpower to finally buy what I could not buy years ago. Classics, especially novels, are scrutinized, my mind trying to remember the good things written about a particular piece. Sure I could download some of them from the Internet (especially the older ones) but my eyes hurt if I read too much from a computer screen. If e-book readers were practical and cheap I’d be a happy customer.
So the first one I finished this year was Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Frankly it was only the 2nd best novel I’d read from a modern-day author (modern-day meaning 20th century). Too bad she only published one book. Her book started out a little boring for me but the last half really had my attention. After I finished I re-read the first 2 pages and they finally made sense. The best novel so far has been JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I have to thank the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series for leading me to that interesting read. On the other hand, the most disappointing so far has been Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It’s trying to tell something but ends up boring and fantasizing. Or maybe I just didn’t ‘get it.’ I’m not buying another book by Coelho ever again. Maybe his writing style just doesn’t appeal to me.
And now I find myself with a backlog, not only of anime, but also of books. Probably much better for exercising my mind. So even if I’m no longer complaining about overtime and bad internet connections but still not posting much, one more reason has been revealed. So how about the others? What are you reading right now? If you have some good novel/author to recommend, just post a comment about why it’s a good read. It would certainly be welcomed. If not, well, this list will have to do. 🙂