Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Some days.

Some days you just hand over to Charles Dickens. You get up in the morning and say, "Mr. Dickens, I'll be spending today with only you. I won't leave the house until the day is over and we've spent it together." These kinds of days are no more than he's due, after all. Holy cow, what a writer.


Blogger Notorious Ph.D. said...

I always struggled with Dickens. The result is that I haven't picked up anything by him in about 15 years. But if you say so, then maybe I'll try again. Once I actually get to read for pleasure again, that is.

3:46 PM, April 17, 2008  
Anonymous MG said...

I have found that there are also some weeks you just surrender to Dickens. I'll never forget re-reading Our Mutual Friend. I draped myself every which way over the couch, subsisted on water and popcorn, and when it was all over, walked out on the balcony in the sunshine, took a deep breath, and thought to myself, "wow."

8:54 AM, April 18, 2008  
Blogger Dr. S said...

Yes. Yes, precisely. I have, bubbling up within me, a short essay called "How to Read Dickens." I am hoping that said essay will make it possible for more people to go about reading him and enjoying him, even if they've had a bad experience with him in the past (like, say, in high school--did any of us have very good experiences with Dickens in high school? could that possibly be because we weren't old enough to read him yet, and also because our teachers didn't always know what they were doing, and also because there was no time to do all the work that needed to be done if we were going to understand anything at all???). Because he is Astounding, Not to Be Missed.

11:54 AM, April 18, 2008  

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