Monday, January 31, 2011

Queen of Synchronicity

Day 357 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and the random coincidii of my own life collided with Radiolab at NPR this weekend, driving to and from a volleyball tournament, so I bring you two books people are reading that involve the lack of language:

1) A Man Without Words, by Susan Schaller, about a man deaf from birth who read the world visually but who did not, when she met him, comprehend the idea of language.  He could mimic the sign language she was using as she learned to be an interpreter but without understanding it or even what it was.  He was in total isolation from words.

2) My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, about her experience and recovery from a stroke, and also the utter joy she felt when the stroke deprived her completely of words.

Here is a Radiolab link that brings these "words" programs together for you to click on. And here is a link to the Schaller book at University of California Press, and to Dr. Jill's website, where you can click all over the place, including Oprah.  I had just attended a little farewell gathering for a friend, where people were talking about Dr. Jill's book, so encountering both books made it seem like the universe was calling my name.

But Radiolab has dealt with that, too, talking earlier this month to writer Paul Auster and animation expert Michael Barrier, in The Universe Knows My Name.  But, as some of the comments show, some of their listeners did not appreciate either the whimsy or implied mysticism of that particular program.

Which brings me to my question:

When my current "What are you reading, and why?" project ends, what would you like me to do next?  That is, can you tolerate my whimsy and random coincidii?  Do you want more of the same, but with variations or a particular focus? More of what other people are reading, or more of what I'm reading? Random bookshop conversations? More poetry reviews, more poetry interviews, more poem explications? More musical comedy? More of my own personal comedy? (It might make you roll your eyes.)

During the next week or so, please comment and say what you've enjoyed here and what you'd like to see more of.  Or suggest a new topic or focus you'd like to see me handle. At some point, I could make a little list and let you "vote" more formally...er, still pretty informally.

And/or my own whimsy may still take over, as I've crowned myself Queen of Synchronicity.

15 comments:

Renee said...

I'd love random bookshop conversations: a woman on the street view, but in this case, a woman in the bookshop view and interview. But I also love anything more about poetry. :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Renee!

Anonymous said...

I trust your instincts and intuition wholly!! I have deep faith in the moment, and in you. I encourage the depths of you as well as the whimsy. Whatever is eating at you or inspiring you, WILL impact others meaningfully. I very much appreciate that you sometimes send me a suggestion that I might appreciate what's in your blog. I always do. I don't get there daily. But I very much appreciate that it's there, that you are out there reaching out to meet anyone who will choose to interact. Love you, sister! Chris

Kathleen said...

Thanks, my sister!!

Maureen said...

I've read Taylor's book and recommend it. She's fascinating, I think.

ted tingley said...

Random is good. You can then hit on any of the areas that you listed and more. They will all be good even if some are over my head.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Ted! I love random!!

Hannah Stephenson said...

I like hearing about what you're reading, and what you recommend at the book store.

Bring on the whimsy. :)

Kathleen said...

Yay for whimsy! Thanks, Hannah!

Julie Kistler said...

I like the curious mix. So... More of the same, something different, this, that, over there, and whatever suits your fancy!

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Julie! And I always like your comments, corrections, and clarifications! Plus, your general sense of fun.

djvorreyer said...

I love the way you weave all of those aspects together - books, reviews, commentary, ephemera - you have a gift for making things come together. I will read whatever you write!

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Donna!

Gibbsonline said...

Dear Queen Of Synchronicity - I imagine you might find the following book of compelling interest to you: DEMYSTIFYING MEANINGFUL COINCIDENCES(SYNCHRONICITIES): The Evolving Self, The Personal Unconscious, and The Creative Process. In it are the findings of 50 years of investigating the perplexities of these often awesome events. The author presents a radical - non Jungian, non mystical/magical naturalistic theory of the origins, nature and use of synchronicites. His book has been #1 on Amazons 600 plus books on syncchronicties for the past 3 months. This Ph.D. psychoanalyst is fair minded and objective and is sure you will resonate with his thinking.

Kathleen said...

Written by you, Dr. Gibbs A. Williams, PhD! Thanks for the recommendation and commercial.