Reading for Chemo
I went to the library and couldn't find anything and ended up leaving with Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald. I like Sebald very much, and I'm usually not at all bothered by pages long paragraphs and lack of action, but the morning before my chemo yesterday, after I finished an assignment for the freelance job I'm doing, I tried reading it. I was apprehensive about chemo and found that I couldn't really concentrate. Since this gets worse, not better, when I'm on the IV, suspected that the book would not do. So I decided I would take the Jameson and the Sebald and probably just try to nap during the chemo. I got my coat and scarf and hat and told the dogs I'd be back.
When the doorbell rang with a package from Kelly Link. In it was a couple of YA novels including Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones. SAVED! Like Harry Potter it concerns children who can do magic. And like Harry Potter it is charming without being...well, taxing. It took me the length of my chemo appointment to read it. So Kelly, if you check in, thanks thanks thanks. And for the rest of you, may I recommend YA books for your next airplane ride, dental appointment, or chemo session.
(For those of you who don't know who Jenna Jameson is, she is, in fact, a porn star. And I have a bit of a funny story about her book. Last semester, one of my students told about working at Crate and Barrel, a store that sells dinnerware, furniture, rugs, all of it moderately upscale. We have a new shopping thing in Cleveland called Legacy Village, which is something of a shopping Disney Land. It's not a mall, because it's not enclosed. It's a fake village of high end stores that sell mostly housewares--places like Restoration Hardware and a store that sells Viking Ranges. There is also a Joseph Beth bookstore there, a huge place like a Barnes and Noble, and they often have people come in to read and sign books. My student said one weekend afternoon, Crate and Barrel was just absolutely full of guys. Crate and Barrel is a great place to buy a shower gift, but not usually a place where you see a lot of guys. And the guys were spending money. Buying stuff for wives and girlfriends. Finally, someone she worked for explained to her that Jenna Jameson was going to be at Joseph Bethm signing How to Make Love Like a Porn Star. And sure enough, suddenly the store emptied of guilty guys. This is not, I will add, how I got my copy. Nor did Bob get one. Mine came to me, as I said, by circuitous route which is much more boring to relate than this suggests, so I will not explain.)