So, yesterday I had a day filled with literature. It was lovely. I finished Water for Elephants and loved it so much that I just wasn't done. Knowing I would be discussing it at book club later, I typed up all the passages I thought were thought-provoking, full of substance, or discussion-sparking. I ended up with two pages worth of commentary about the themes of faithfulness and loyalty throughout the characters and situations, the motif of chaos in its many forms, tons of ironies, parallelism, and the good or evil inherent in man debate. Mom, I know you said you were looking for a good fiction book - you should try this one!
I enjoyed exercising the word-analyzing part of my brain so much that I picked up Shakespeare next. I had recently received As You Like It in my netflix and wanted to brief myself on the play and its circumstances before I watched it. Well, WHY haven't I picked up this play before???? I'm already so excited and I only just finished the first act! The play uses a pastoral setting to bring up contrasts between the simple life in nature and the courtier life in man's world. It has tons of interesting commentary and reminds me of the current green movement - the move away from industry, manufacturing, and consumerism in favor of pure products, things found in nature, and small business outfits. Yet another reason why Shakespeare is always relevant! Awesome.
Oh, and before you get to thinking I'm supersmart and only do constructive mind-enhancing things with my time, I'll tell you that I also watched some of the America's Next Top Model marathon on cable yesterday. Like totally awesome.