Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tolkien Sarcasm

If you haven't partaken of the delights of any of the links on the Tolkien sarcasm page, you've been missing out!

Also check out this article on public vs private reading.

8 comments:

Marie said...

that's awesome. :-) thanks for sharing Tolkein Sarcasm with us- I knew I couldn't be the only one!

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kittiesx3 said...

Loved the article about the social politics of reading. My younger son's wife did not grow up in a reading household and isn't naturally inclined toward reading simply for fun. But her husband--my younger son--did and she's made it her goal to raise her children to be that way, too. She's read to their first child, Alison, since the day they brought her home from the hospital. And it shows because there's nothing Alison loves more than having someone read to her. OK maybe watching Elmo . . . but not by much.

Jodie said...

Really enjoyed the article about public and private reading. I think I favour a mix of both, maybe with different groups. I don't talk to my rl friends about books much (except the lighter stuff) because often they have totally different reactions to the books I love. In contrast I'm obviously very open about books online, not necessarily because I think everyone I interact with will like all the books I do, but maybe because I feel people are more likely to understand where I'm coming from when I say I loved a certain book. Possibly this is because there's so much more time online, you say something about a book in the real world and in a second it's all misunderstood with no opportunity to go back and explain without making a muddle. But then I always suspect conversation is too fast for me ;)

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Jeanne said...

Marie, We particularly love the London Sunday Times article that refers to the synopsis for people who "can't be bothered to read LOTR"! And The Tragedie of Frodo Baggins. And the Middle-earth test. And, well, everything!

Elizabeth, isn't it amazing how much attention even an infant will pay to a book if you read it to her?

Jodie, I'm with you about conversation sometimes being too fast. Some of my real-life friends who read this blog have said things to me like "I didn't know you thought/read about THAT!"

readersguide said...

Interesting. I'm in a book group and I actually like to talk about books (but it always is a bit awful when people don't like a book you loved, or when you don't like a book they loved.) But I do remember that feeling when I was younger. Other people might read books I was reading, but I was quite certain they would not understand them the way I did. That was not even possible.

Jeanne said...

Readersguide, Maybe it's growing up with academic parents that has made me always relish a good fight over the merits (or lack of merit) of a book! I think it's only as I've gotten older that I've learned to be careful saying what I don't like about a book others love. Few books are "sacred" to me.