Welcome. The weekend, once more, and with it, time, maybe for escape. For some, automobile journeys, screenless forays into areas past house. For others, streaming: hit-or-miss Netflix originals, reliable procedurals, perhaps some fastidiously portioned actuality. A pair weeks again, I requested you what you have been studying and, as common, the responses have been considerate and impressed. No shock: Many of us are studying as refuge, to get exterior of the pinnacle or the home. “Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle,” Kafka wrote. Now, when the rooms really feel all too acquainted, books can open issues up.
Diane Whitney of West Hartford, Conn., is studying “Dr. Zhivago.” “It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the movie,” she wrote. “The book is different and the writing is poetic.”
“I am into distraction and “Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby did it for me huge time,” wrote Penni Wisner of San Francisco. Holly Smith Barry and her 17-year-old daughter in Irving, Texas, are studying Shakespeare. “We mispronounced everything, misinterpreted the plots and laughed about everything. Even the tragedies became comedies. Sorry Shakespeare, but we had some fun at your expense,” she reported. Jim Moher of San Leandro, Calif., beneficial Josephus’s “The Jewish War.” Helen Frazer of New Meadows, Idaho, took the advice of our personal Sam Sifton and received hooked on the Bruno, Chief of Police sequence by Martin Walker (Laurie Danahy in Sisters, Ore. loves it, too.)
“I just finished ‘Foe’ by Iain Reid. This is a quick read, a short but psyche-grabbing story that will keep you wondering, ‘What’s next?’ I have not been able to get into reading since the plague hit but this book has reignited my love for one of my favorite activities,” wrote George Vance from Portland, Ore.