Enough grumbling. I'm getting the morning to listen to CD (Wade Fruge, old time Cajun fiddler) and think about stuff as I write this LJ entry.
And yesterday was mostly a rest day with the hour here and there of work and a trip to the library. The library trip took a few hours because they had nice "chamber music concert" during which I tried to concentrate and read as many pages of "Three Days Before the Shoot by Ralph Ellison" before returning it. I saw this in the library about 20 weeks ago and checked it out. I browsed the preface a bit and then within a few days I found and bought the shorter version of the unfinished novel, Juneteenth, (1/2 price at The Strand) and read that because the paperback was easy to carry and read during commute. Then I returned to the longer version and so far am only about 45% through it. The library would only renew the loan 10 times hence my reading during the concert and then I returned it, 55% unread, yesterday and paid my $1.25 over due book fine.
I don't know anyone as excited about this immense "fragment" of fiction as I am. I've long long known of Ellison and his successful novel, Invisible Man. I'm not sure why I didn't read it (still haven't) back in the day. Perhaps because I had found I much preferred Chester Himes over Richard Wright and associated Ellison with Wright. Maybe a little of that and of course there is never time for everything.
Now besides my own interest on the work as the author develops the characters and works out the plot (from the library glyph: "Set in the frame of a deathbed vigil, this story is a multi generational saga centered on the assassination of the controversial, race-baiting U.S. white senator Adam Sunraider, who's being tended to by "Daddy" Hickman, the elderly black jazz musician turned preacher who raised the orphan Sunraider as a light-skinned black in rural Georgia.") I also wonder at the impact if the novel had come out in 1969 or so, which perhaps was about when it could have been published if the most current draft had not been destroyed by fire in '67. Perhaps I imagine too much. What affect do books have on the events and minds of the day?
One other footnote on the weekend, at the library we picked up Jarmusch "Down by Law" for our Saturday night at home movie. My first time to watch it. Another case of apprehension of what someone is going to do with New Orleans. Well, I guess I've mellowed enough now that I accept that the movie has little to do with NOLA except in Jarmusch's imagination and I can enjoy the cinematography of the streets of the city and that some people I knew got paid (hopefully). Nicely done cinematography. To my taste, as a movie, Roberto Benegni was entertaining and made it worth watching besides as cultural artifact. Seems that his approach to clowning in English was developed during the making of Down By Law. You can youtube his promo appearances for the award winning Life is Beautiful and see more of the same. Entertaining. I've also mellowed to a point where Tom Waits poetizing in song didn't seem overly precious anymore.
OK, the work phone is ringing...