My Morning Reading, Summer Break Edition, Part Two

I could listen to Glyn Maxwell read me poems all day. What a lovely voice, and a fantastic poem.

I have a long list of summer reading. I'm going to stop playing on the computer soon so that I can get to it:

  1. Glyn Maxwell's Plays One
  2. Glyn Maxwell's Plays Two (Might as well begin with Glyn since I'm reposting his poem above. And yes, I began Plays One ages ago. Now is the time to finish it)
  3. The Boys at Twilight by Glyn Maxwell (poems)
  4. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabakov (A.P. and I are going to read it at the same time -- he'll reread it -- in a kind of ultra dorky book club that consists of just the two of us)
  5. Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
  6. The Sacred Wood by T.S. Eliot (essays, criticism)
  7. The Uses of Literature by Italo Calvino (essays)
  8. The Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone De Beauvoir
  9. The Second Sex by Simone DeBeauvoir
  10. The Bounty by Derek Walcott
  11. Words in Air (Lowell & Bishop correspondence, which my mother bought me as a present ages ago and I have yet to delve into . . .)
  12. What the Twilight Says by Derek Walcott (essays)
  13. J.B. by Archibald MacLeish
  14. Shenandoah by Delmore Schwartz
I fully realize that this list is made up almost entirely of male writers, which means, most likely, I'll become impatient with the male perspective at some point and throw in some of the ladies who are sitting on my bookshelves, too. 

This means, too, that I should read at the pace of a book a week if I'm going to complete this list, which seems absurd given the philosophy books that are on it and my complete and utter stupidity when it comes to grasping philosophical concepts. I don't really know if I'm going to complete this list. History tells me I'll most definitely not complete this list. But I thought I'd make note, at the very least, of what I'm interested in lately.


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