Monday, September 20, 2010

A Whale of a Time

Day 224 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and Mary is reading a big stack of books--somewhere under the stack of whales--while a fine young man is happily reading a stack of stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, a local Lincoln impersonator took home from Babbitt's today a stack of our newly-acquired Lincoln books...bungee-corded to the basket on the back of his motorcycle!  Life is a stack of amazements.

And over at Whale Sound, Nic Sebastian is recording a stack of poems in her beautiful voice, including one of mine, sort of a scary persona poem called "The Way Back."  If you want to read it while she reads it aloud, she provides the link back to Apparatus, where it was published online, as do I, on the right side of this blog.

Have you seen that commercial where Abe Lincoln is standing behind Mary Todd Lincoln, and she asks,"Does this dress make my backside look big?"  He's Honest Abe, poor guy.  What can he do?

"Does that poem make me sound like a whale?"

Mary's having a whale of a time with her bedside stack:

Phoebe Gloekner: A Child's Life & Other Stories, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Mary Karr: Lit
Eve Ensler: I Am an Emotional Creature
Anthony Bourdain: Medium Raw and The Nasty Bits 

And her good news is that she found a poem she was searching for: "Flower of Five Blossoms," by Galway Kinnell, in his book When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone.

Or a long time in a whale....


Kathleen said...

OMG, I can't believe that the film I chose to watch on hulu tonight, Short Order, was full of whales!! It is a goofy, sweet, strange, whimsical movie full of surprises, and whales! The central character is a short order cook at Ishmael's, the delivery car has a whale on top, and she's reading Moby Dick. There is a major whale in a street puddle. Fantastic actors, too!

Kathleen said...

AND the Geico commercial with Honest Abe and Mary came on during the movie!

ron hardy said...

Kathleen in the wonderland vortex:
and one of your kids is watching Benjamin Button, a Fitzgerald short story, and Anthony Bourdain stopped by the store to inquire about a good eatery, and someone named Jonah is on the phone for you Kathleen...

Kathleen said...

Ron, it could happen!