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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


Mirror of Venus - Françoise Sagan, Federico Fellini, Wingate Paine Ugh. This is a perfect example of the 1960's male gaze. Some of the photos are quite beautiful but the message of the book is horrifying. Essentially the three women featured in the photos are treated as wild, sexy animals that need to be tamed (but not too tamed!) It ends with these lines: "So say you love her, say you will protect her, say that nothing will harm her. Say something excessive, say something final - that you will kill her if she leaves you. Shake her. Tell her that it is serious. Tell her that you are serious. SAVE her." I'm thankful that we have more or less moved on from this line of thinking, but the roots of our gender dysfunction can be traced right back to artifacts like this.