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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

The Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi - I have never read a more playful, silly translation of Rumi's poetry. This has both good and bad aspects. On the plus side, Coleman Barks helped me understand the playfulness of Rumi's work. He helped rescue Rumi from the New Age calendars and greeting cards, showing me a side that is silly and wild and unattached to a heavy dogma. On the "negative" side, as many have said, you cannot really "translate" Rumi and where many translations do echo the beauty and flow of his original poetry, this particular one does not. It's actually more like reading an old comedy routine (if stand-up comics had existed in the 1200's!). So, not really my cup of tea, but still entertaining and interesting.