Speaking of vaguely political things, I finished reading Ayn Rand's novella/paen to the human ego 'Anthem' in about an hour last night. Like most of her writing I've read so far, it left me with mixed feelings. I certainly agree with her strong commitment to individualism, and she certainly has one of the most engaging prose styles in the English language; however, she also had the finely formed social conscience of Marie Antoinette.
Still, this book spoke to me, probably because it belonged to one of my very favorite literary sub-genres, Dystopian Futurism. I think in a perfect world, I would be teaching a college course on this subject.
I think I've read all of the major works extant in the genre, but if I missed anything, please let me know. I can certainly recommend all of these books:
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
1984 (George Orwell)
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
This Perfect Day (Ira Levin)
Anthem* (Ayn Rand)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
If This Goes On... *(Robert A. Heinlein)
Harrison Bergeron* (Kurt Vonnegut)
Now tell me you wouldn't take a class with that as required reading?
On a more personal note, my mother is doing much better. She's still in the hospital, but they're moving her out of intensive care. For those who are wondering what was wrong, she has a blood clot in her lung. Currently, it's not affecting her breathing, but if it moved to the wrong place, it could be very very bad. They currently thinning her blood so as to break down the clot. Thanks for all the love and well-wishes i've gotten from all of you.
Other than my mother's health crisis, things are going remarkably well for me. work is good, I went on a date the other night (which went ok,) and le_futurisme is living in New York again. Add that to my recent musical inspiration, and i'm really doing great. Now if I could just do something about this insomnia....
Anyway, I figured I'd share some content. We now return you to your regularly scheduled memes and quizzes.