Hey Folks! It's Wednesday, July 18th, and we're halfway through the first week of the second half of Bread Loaf.
I thought for today's post we'd feature photos of Summer Reading. The following photographs feature the summer readings selection of yours truly as well as other Front Desk Mavens.
Once, not too long ago, I considered myself someone who likes to read books, i.e. an English Nerd, but I have to confess that I do not read books nearly as much as I'd like, (unless SportsCenter counts as reading.) This summer, however, I vowed to amend my wayward reading habits. To that end, I headed over to the Bread Loaf Bookstore and loaded up on a summer's worth of reading.
|The goods. Don't get caught on the wrong side of the book trade.|
I decided that my primary--but not exclusive--focus would be on books written by Bread Loaf faculty and staff. Because a) it's nerdilicious that so many Bread Loaf faculty are highly esteemed writers and b) I was too cool for school back in my Pre-Maven days to buy their books. Since then I've had a number of life experiences that have given me a dose of humility. Like getting fat and dumb and losing my hair. I want to read these books before I forget how, like Charlie in...in....in....what was that book again?
So, here's a look at Summer Reading.
"He closed his eyes, surrendering himself to her, body and mind, conscious of nothing in the world but the dark pressure of her softly parting lips." Joyce? Or how I incorrectly pictured Senior Prom?
"Lots of writers begin life as confused, manipulative, or self-destructive children, don't they?" Sam Swope? Or what Ms. Gaither, my first gade teacher said to my parents at the end of the year?
"In 2 years/I saved $90,/sent off to a Roanoke/pawn shop". David Huddle's poetry? Or an accurate description of my financial struggles in New York City?
"There were also hints of body odor, fast food, coffe, and alcohol sick flatulence: fermented fruit, camp-ground outhouse." A vivid description of Rusty's red Chevelle from chapter 4 of Greg Bottoms' book? Or how Brenda the Bread Loaf housekeeper describes my room?
The New England Review of literature?
Or the Bread Loaf Yearbook?
|Here we have Front Desk Maven Gene. |
Gene is sporting the trendy "hand beard," all the rage with hipsters.
Maven Gene is displaying one of the dozens of books he reads per month.
How does Gene manage to read a book a week? On average? Easy: steroids.
|Ma'am, please calm down. Ma'am. Ma'am. Drop the box, and step away from the road.|
(Special shout-out to Maven MacNair for being Post #9's expert photographer.)
Enjoy your summer reading, folks. You can bet the English Nerds are.
Christian Patrick Clarke
Front Desk Novitiate, 2012
Hic et Ubique