Monday, September 18, 2006

Still here

No I haven't given up blogging, but I was gone part of the week last week and when I got back I had a bunch of stuff to do. So I just put off blogging for a few more days. But now I'm back. Not that I have anything amazing to say, but I've found a few things of interest.

I went to my local library Saturday and checked out a book by Simon Winchester called The River at the Center of the World. It's about the Yangtze River in China. So far, it's pretty good. It combines several things I like in a travel book: a leisurely pace, a sense of the place and its people, an engaging narrator with an openness to what the experience will bring. The first book by Winchester that I read was his excellent book about the Oxford English Dictionary, The Professor and the Madman. I think I'm going to enjoy this one, too.

I also bought a book this weekend: The Sound on the Page by Ben Yagoda. Yagoda talks to writers about style and voice and so far it's good.

There's some good quotes over at The Mechanic & the Muse (Chip Scanlon, of the Poynter Institue, writes about writing here). Since there are several things, I'd just suggest you scroll down page and enjoy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A C K !! I missed your b'day!! I've been ill for a few weeks and really outta the loop. Check your email for rectification. ~rebecca

jimcoonce said...

Hey!
For some reason I haven't been able to leave comments. I tried logging first, today...hopefully this works.

Sounds like interesting reads. Unfortunately, I most of my reading lately relates somehow to Biblical interpretation, Greek exegesis or the study of worship. Somehow I don't think a book about travelling down the Yangtze River fits into my required reading list for now.

Someday if I ever get a life...after seminary.

Jim