Know This Game?

We need someone to demonstrate the usefulness of a blog for a literary magazine. After all, we invest resources in the manufacture and maintenance of these vehicles. In this case, “we” means the editors, designers, and webmasters who cobble the appearance and structure of them.

But we don’t really know who visits here, if anyone visits here, why anyone would visit here, how many visitors return for a second visit, or what thoughts, opinions, reactions, and attitudes the visitor carries away. So tell us. Leave a comment. Comment on this posting. Say what you want to say in the language of your choice. We do exercise a warden’s prerogative; we will censor abusive and pornographic rants, so let it hang out, knowing we will sanitize your act.

And while you are at it, join us in our new game. We ask you to name one important book published in the past decade that you have NOT read. Tattle on yourself. Novels, collections, anthologies, histories, biographies, philosophical, medical, political, scientific, memoir — if you haven’t read it but know you should, let us know about it. Don’t cheat! If you have read it, don’t list it here with the implied challenge to others to do so just to keep up with you.

My candidate is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, Sept. 2010.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Or if you demand a “literary” text, how about this? I have not read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Penguin Books 2010.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Top that if you can,
Vern Miller

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  1. Rachel says:

    Great idea, Vern! One book I haven’t read that I should read is Atonement by Ian McEwan. I own the book, started a few pages in, but got distracted and haven’t returned to it. I’ve seen the movie, which was very powerful for me, and I’m sure the book would be similarly powerful … but I haven’t read it quite yet. I’ve seen it on several must-read lists and have heard only excellent things about it. One day I’ll get to it!

  2. Vern says:

    If you started the book, it doesn’t count in this game, Rachel.
    Gotta be a book you have not opened. Try again.
    Somebody out there must know of a book that they want to read but have not opened. Somebody?

    Vern

    • Eric says:

      Light Years by James Salter. Now that he’s no longer with us, I feel especially compelled to pick it up again.

      • Eric says:

        I picked it up but, for some reason, never opened it. (It’s about the breakup of a marriage.) I picked up A Sport and a Pastime and Burning the Days, opened them, and could not put them down.

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