I thought about saving this for the second go ‘round, but why bother waiting? Also, what other books you got starting with J? Some Marquis de Sade stuff? Yeah, that sounds more like second round stuff.
I have not read this yet. I will not read this any time soon. My summer is filled with…
A Tale of Two Cities
Wide Sargasso Sea
Brave New World (maybe; read it in high school)
Macbeth (a third)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next (man, idk I gotta look at my syllabus again)
…books for next year. I also want to read Goodbye, Columbus, The Kite Runner, and I don’t know, so many other books. A Natural History of the Senses, although first I need to finish The Moon by Whale Light. 1Q84. The Magician King. The History of Love. Comanche Moon. Out of the Silent Planet. Oh yeah, and I still have to read that pesky Gatsby. I don’t need to read The Infinite Jest or Joyce just yet. If I never get to them because I’m reading these others, I will not be unhappy.
I will read The Infinite Jest someday. And Gravity’s Rainbow. I will read them for the language. Women and Men too. I will read them for the challenge, for the persistence they will require of me, the focus. And I will read them for their expansiveness, their reach. Their everything.