Seattle, WA -- July 26, 2007
Reading 1968, by Mark Kurlansky. She has studied this time frame as a hobby for herself. What has she learned from this book? At the same time civil rights and anti war movements were going on in the United States, there were uprisings in Czechoslovakia and Poland. It was a dynamic year. Lots of change happened all over the world. Everyone everywhere grows up. The movements weren’t necessarily unified, either. There isn’t a steady theory for why this year was so dynamic—it could have been because MLK was shot, or that lots of things were televised. People were learning how to utilize television and the global community was being developed.
Recently she read Tortilla Flat, by Steinbeck and The Sun Also Rises, by Hemingway and an Environmental Science textbook. She’s doing an AA and hopes to work for a non profit, maybe an environmental agency.
Her favorite book, that she’s read a lot--Happiness, by Will Ferguson. It’s a weird fiction book, she said, but his morals are pretty profound, even though they’re simple.
She writes poetry, which is often inspired by reading. Books make her think of things in her own life.
A book that has changed her life—When she read Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond, by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain, she learned different perspectives about the way her parents thought about things and could appreciate that.
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