Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Man Booker Shortlist and a note

What I'm Reading: Driven by Eve Kenin and Austenland by Shannon Hale (both quite good)

What I'm Working On: Series arcs (quite exciting stuff)

Well, I promised the Man Booker Short List and here it is:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

Read more about the books and the Man Booker at .

Of course this simple, sweet post keeps me from ranting about my parents. Really, how did a well-adjusted, reasonable, open-minded adult ever emerge from THAT?

I won't write about it here, but just remind me to avoid engaging in political talk with anyone who says (and I quote), "Drilling doesn't hurt the environment. Big oil companies don't hurt the environment. They leave things just like they found them. And I think we have far more fossil fuels that anyone lets on."

Really? REALLY?

Can anyone say Exxon Valdez?

And, dearest parental person, please try not to say those things in public. Educated people will think you're crazy (and slow).



Dara said...

I was fortunate enough to grow up with very politically aware parents and that made me way more informed than I would have otherwise been. Good for you for searching beyond the narrow confines of your upbringing. That takes a curious, intelligent and free-thinking person, which reminds me of ... YOU!