Reading Wednesday: Poverty, Slavery, Falconry, Angst

This week’s reading included a novel capturing early 20th century life for a child of Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, how the great evil of slavery interplayed with a range of decisions before and since our nation’s founding, and of course several Western adventures with falconry highlights mixed in, as I continue my way through CJ Box’s Joe Pickett series. And then some more classics.

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith)
  • The 1619 Project (Hannah-Jones)

If we are to be redeemed, we must do what is just: we must, finally, live up to the magnificent ideals upon which we were founded.

The 1619 Project
  • Nowhere to Run (Box)
  • Cold Wind (Box)
  • Force of Nature (Box)
  • The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Opening sentence of The Catcher in the Rye

There will be more to read next week, Lord willing. so we’ll look forward to that!

Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy.

The Remains of the Day