What lies ahead

August feels like one long Sunday… and Sundays are for relaxing… and also thinking about what lies ahead… I have been doing that of late – reflecting on the past and trying to clarify my thoughts about the future – all in the company of my sidekick Zsa Zsa (yes I named her after the actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (!)). There she is under the ficus tree on the balcony:


Happiness just might be a cat curled up at your feet and a good book in hand… 🙂 Therefore, as I am looking toward what will come this fall, I’ve put together a reading list for the next few months (other than academic). I’ve also started a bullet journal, which is also – in a way – about lists… well… in truth, both these initiatives have more to do with goals than lists. They are tools to think with. They are about moving forward with purpose. So, in this spirit, here is my reading list:

  1. Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
  2. Naked Lunch, William Burroughs
  3. Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurzel
  4. Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut
  5. For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  6. Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion
  7. Imaginary Friends, Alison Lurie

It was quite a challenge to come up with these seven titles; there are so many more on the long list! And so many other academic reads to delve into. However, not only do these books represent excellent writing, but they also address themes such as identity, morality, technologies, and drugs. I hope these will inspire my own writing, for that is also what lies ahead…











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