Archives for June 2007
The following is an excerpt from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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“You know if you pass some people and don’t speak tuh suit ’em dey got tuh go way back in yo’ life and see whut you ever done. They know mo’ ’bout yuh than you do yo’ self. An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. They done ‘heard’ ’bout you just what they hope done happened.”
“If God don’t think no mo’ ’bout ’em then Ah do, they’s a lost ball in de high grass.”
“Ah hears what they say ’cause they just will collect round mah porch ’cause it’s on de big road. Mah husband git so sick of ’em sometime he makes ’em all git for home.”
“Sam is right too. They just wearin’ out yo’ sittin’ chairs.”
“Yeah, Sam say most of ’em goes to church so they’ll be sure to rise in Judgment. Dat’s de day dat every secret is s’posed to be made known. They wants to be there and hear it all.”
“Sam is too crazy! You can’t stop laughin’ when youse around him.”
“Uuh hunh. He says he aims to be there hisself so he can find out who stole his corn-cob pipe.”
I have two more books to add to the Library that I am giving away in a few months. If you have not yet entered the contest you will want to do so as all it requires is that you let other folks know about the contest through a blog post link. Presently the value of the library to be given away is nearly $500 so it is worth taking a shot at it.
Here are my two newest additions to the Library Giveaway.
Commentaries on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis. John Calvin. (Grand Rapids: Baker), 523 pages.
Vincents New Testament Words Studies. Volume #3 covering Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon. Marvin Vincent. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 565 pages.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of the books to be given away.
I recently blogged about my participation in the contests over at WhoGets.com. Well, I am one of seven finalists in the contest to win a 1GB iPod Shuffle. I need votes!
If you could go over and vote for me I would appreciate it. It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up and they don’t send out any spam so you don’t have to worry about that.
Thanks in advance to those of you who go to the trouble of voting for me.
UPDATE: Never mind, someone else already has about a bjillion votes so there isn’t any need for you to waste your time.
Another Heart In His Hand: A Spiritual Anomaly. J. Jaye Gold. (Mountain View, AR: Peradam Press, 1994). 277 pages.
Another Heart In His Hand has the sub-subtitle Adventures and Conversations With a Poker Playing Master of Life. It is not a book that I would have selected for myself, but it was in with a box of books my wife picked up at a garage sale. In this autobiographical account J. Jaye Gold writes of his mostly accidental inquiry, both philosophical and spiritual, into the meaning of life.
In the Preface, the author writes, “In other words, this will be no adventure story; it will probably not entertain you, and if eventually you put it down because it requires too much of you, I won’t be at all surprised.” That pretty well describes my experience with the book. It was overwhelmingly dull and I did not find the author’s journey to be particularly enlightening. I don’t recommend it.
HOWEVER, there were two items in it that caught my attention and that I would like to share.
First, in chapter four he describes how a padlock can be opened even if you have lost the key. According to the story, a key from a similar lock can be used if you saw off the two nubs nearest to the part that you hold. I had never heard that before. Interesting, and a bit disconcerting.
And, allow me to quote directly from the book for the second item of interest;
“I once had a friend who was studying to be a stock-broker,” he began. “This was maybe ten years ago. He knew a little about stocks, probably just a bit more than you and I know. So he got whatever license was necessary, and got a job in a stock brokerage business. You don’t have to know much to do that. They don’t pay you; you work on commission. They gave him a desk in a small office, and the man at the next desk happened to be writing a book. They got to be buddies, eating buddies, drinking buddies, some kind of buddies. Well the book that the office mate was writing became a best-seller about the money crisis. I don ‘t remember the title.
“At the end of his book, he wrote a few lines that read something like, ‘If you’re interested in penny mining stocks, this is the person to call,’ and he gave my friend’s name, who, by the way, knew hardly anything about that stock specialty whatsoever.
“Believe it or not, my friend started getting calls and letters of inquiry, so he figured he’d better hit the library quick! He found a few books about penny mining stock speculation, read them, and became what’s presently thought of as ‘an expert.’ Within six months he was on his way to riches and fame, publishing a newsletter of his own on penny mining stocks.” (page 208)
I just wanted to mention that story in the event that one of you might be writing a book that could end up a bestseller. If so, please feel free to write a few lines at the end that reads something like “if you are interested in ______, Kevin Stilley is the person to call.” You can fill in the blank with whatever you like as I have a library card and am a quick study. And, if within six months I am on my way “to riches and fame” I will be sure to acknowledge my debt to you.
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The challenge is to read three Southern books by Southern authors between June 1 and August 30.
The first two books on my list are:
1. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
2. The Complete Stories, by Flannery O’Connor
Maggie’s rules allow the substitution of two movies based on a book/play by a Southern author for one book. I think I will go that route and watch the following films:
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (which I just finished reading).
4. Slingblade (I may change this title)
I would be interested in hearing what Southern books you like?