Some of you will remember my September 28th post entitled three things. Well, there’s more.
Sometimes I choose a book knowing it will have to do with a certain subject. Usually the choice of my next book has more to do with mood or what I just finished reading. My favorite thing to read is a novel.
Recently, for four different reasons, I chose four books in four consecutive months in four different genres–essays, stories, memoir, and a novel–that all brought me back to the 60’s (I know, it would be a better story if it had been the 40’s)…
in September I read
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, by Thomas Merton,
where I came across this passage: “January 22, 1961: President Kennedy’s inauguration speech has just been read in the refectory.”
in October I read
Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins,
whose father was a member of Charles Manson’s family and who in the first story of her collection writes about it but does not write about it and then goes beyond it.
in November I read
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream, by Neil Young,
who not only was the sixties but also played guitar with Charles Manson: “After a while, a guy showed up, picked up my guitar, and started playing a lot of songs on it. His name was Charlie…He was quite good.”
in December I read
May We Be Forgiven, by A. M. Homes,
where a character says, “Look at the film, you see that after the first shot Kennedy goes down but then he bounces back up; that’s because he was wearing a corset for his back…”
Have you ever noticed coincidences like this in your reading choices?