Have I just coined a new word? Memeography?
A meme is an idea, project, statement or even a question that is posted by one blog and responded to by other blogs (see Understanding Blog Speak at the Blog Herald). I have been tagged to respond to the Spring Reading Days meme circulating around our campus, so I therefore give you my …memeograph? …memeogram?
- What are you reading on Spring reading days?
- What do you wish you had time to read?
- What have you decided NOT to read that you were assigned to read?
- What is one great quote from your reading?
- Why are you blogging? (You’re supposed to be reading!)
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt: A Novel by Anne Rice because I am fascinated by her wordcraft. She is a former writer of vampire novels who has now applied her descriptive abilities to the story of Jesus as a result of her newfound dedication to Roman Catholicism.
Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology by John S. Hammett because I am reviewing this book for the Association of Christian Librarians along with Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership by Phil A. Newton.
Deep Storm by Lincoln Child because fiction is not a sin and because I am not no longer a full-time student and therefore do not have a syllabus to dictate my reading list. I enjoy a good, fun, save the world from destruction just in the nick of time kind of book every now and then. Especially on the occasional week when I have a respite from preaching.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel because the video was good. Seriously. I saw a PBS documentary on the search for longitude and was fascinated with the story, the subsequent history which the discovery of longitude sparked, and because sea-clocks are cool.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell because I don’t know what to make of it. It’s like what they used to tell us about taking standardized tests: your first guess usually correct. Really? What role does the Holy Spirit play in spontaneity?
Assigned? Ha! Okay, I confess that I did not read the President’s Daily Email the other day. Does that count?
I am not sure if I am correctly reading a symbolism in this or not. But come on — Jesus, wool, pure and clean white snow, a woman (a bride?) dressed in here finest?
Later that day — the eight days of the Feast of Lights had ended at dawn — I sought out the grove of trees, the only place in the whole of creation where I could be alone. The snow was thick. I wore heavy wool around my feet with thick sandals, but the wool was wet by the time I got there and I was very cold. I couldn’t stay long under the trees, but I stood there, thinking to myself and looking at the wonder of the snow covering the fields and making them look so very beautiful like a woman dressed in her finest robes. How fresh, how clean it all looked. — From Anne Rice, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (New York: Ballantine Books) 252.
Students use Spring Reading Days to study and research. I, on the other hand, get paid to help them study and research! So life goes on as usual for us hip librarians. And that means I can blog at night if I want to. And no guilt.