Slow Sunday Reads

One of my favorite pastimes is to wake up on a Sunday morning, take coffee and breakfast in bed, and read. It can be blogs, magazines, books, whatever. Something about a slow Sunday morning demands reading, lingering over words, chatting about them, considering them throughout the rest of your week.

And with that in mind, I’m revamping my old ReadRightNow into a bit of a slow jam – a slow Sunday reading jam, if you will.

So here are a few things I enjoyed reading this week that you may enjoy as well for your slow Sunday reading.

  • Truth be told, I read this essay by Tony Kushner (the playwright who wrote Angels in America) while I was on my blog hiatus, but I came across it again this week and had to share it. Kushner delineates some of the similarities and differences in writing for the stage and writing for the page, and discusses the writing life. My favorite quote? “We write to negotiate our own relationships with momentariness and permanence, to speak with the dead, to bring them back to life, or try to, and of course we always fail to bring them back, and we call that failure art.”
  • This week, the Oxford English Dictionary declared “selfie” as its word of the year. And in other grammatical-Internet news, this article on the new preposition, “because-noun,” is a delightful bit of grammar nerdery that discusses the emergence of a new prepositional phrase. Because language.
  • I love this Tumblr. The author illustrates other authors and includes quotes from their readings done around NYC. Last Night’s Reading is full of gems of wisdom and humor and literary business, and I can’t get enough of it.
  • Do you like going to art museums? I do, sort of. It took me a long time to appreciate them because I’m not educated about art. I don’t know the difference between movements of art. Literature, sure. Art? Not so much. So I was intrigued by this article on Alain de Botton and his ideas of re-crafting the ways art museums are laid out and installed, grouping works of arts by thematic or even therapeutic concepts rather than by historical periods. I’m sure art critics and people much more informed than I might take issue with it – apparently many in the art world do – but I can’t help but fantasize about an ekphrastic writerly field trip to an installation by de Botton and the cool work that could result.

6 thoughts on “Slow Sunday Reads

  1. Now that “selfie” has been named word of the year, maybe we can retire it so I never have to hear it ever again! “Because” as a preposition has way more potential, even if it does seem meme-induced.

  2. i agree: the because-noun form is snappy. i enjoy it as well, although it took me a minute to come around. i’m stodgy sometimes with grammar; like how i’m instantly put off by words like “selfie” or almost anything with “ie” at the end of it. 🙂
    must read the Tony Kushner piece: it’s bookmarked, because i fell instantly in love with the quote above. I’m also interested in that art museum restructure, only because my first reaction is to be opposed to that. something about chronology is comforting to me, in art and in most everything else, so i’d like to hear that point of view.

    1. I would love to know what you think about the Kushner piece! I loved that quote, too. There are some cool things he discusses in terms of the differences between page- and stage-writing, but there’s some cool overlap too. (Everything’s cool for me today.)
      And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the de Botton art piece. I can totally see the potential for flaws in it, but as an alternative form of constructing an art installation, I think it could do really neat things in terms of putting different works of art in conversation with one another, and then including the viewer in the conversation as well, making it a group dialogue.

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