Friday, October 1, 2010

Bookshelf


This Fall I am thin-skinned. I strive to be 'even-tempered, prudent and resolute' and so I am reading Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf with Tolkien's essays. The introduction alone is wonderful. I am also paging through my old favorites in the housekeeping and parenting category, but I am haunted by images of swimming in chainmail and magic swords that are powerless against monsters, and Grendel's patchwork pouch of dragonskin. Perhaps you have some interesting leftover skeins of metallic this and that that could be swatched up into all the stitch patterns resembling scales? Then you could wear your pouch 'intracately strung and hung at the ready' for marauding farmers' markets!

3 comments:

Virginia said...

I like it when books have great introductions. Sometimes I like the intro even better than the source material.

And yes, I fully plan on marauding a farmer's market. Tomorrow.

No protection needed. I think. I'll let you know if there be dragons.

Rachel May said...

I've started Apartment Therapy 2 or 3 times now. I can't ever get past the "clean out your entire kitchen" part. It's a great book and a great idea, I just wish I could hang in there for 8 entire weeks! Maybe I should try again...

Kate said...

"I am also paging through my old favorites in the... parenting category, but I am haunted by images of swimming in chainmail and magic swords that are powerless against monsters...". What haunts you is what parenting feels like to me lately!