Since I became serious about Raronauer’ed, The Novel (working title), I’ve been having trouble reading. I can’t look at anything mediocre; I have no patience for it. In the past three weeks, I’ve started and stopped Special Topics in Calamity Physics, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. (Arguments about whether these books are in fact mediocre can be held elsewhere.) After every failed reading, I turn back to Jhumpa Lahiri. JL, if you have a google alert on yourself, good job on Unaccustomed Earth!
So Raronauer’ed, The Blog fans please recommend some expertly crafted fiction. Or even expertly crafted non-fiction. Great writing on any topic will do.
P.S. Once I announce things on the internet, I feel like they have to become true. So here’s something I’d like to be true. I will be going to a writers colony this winter, and my goal for the month is not to lose my mind and finish Raronauer’ed, The Novel. If you see me in the spring, ask me if it’s done. Avoiding awkward conversation is the only motivator I know.