Monday, January 01, 2007

happy new year!

2007 Resolutions:

More of what works. Less of what doesn't.
In 2006 I became more physically active, walking in the various Cleveland/Akron parks on a fairly regular basis--this activity set the endorphins flowing and also served as a kind of walking meditation. I practiced sitting meditation at home and at work--deep breathing and grounding kept the hurricane at bay on more than a few occasions. I tried to eat healthier with less success, often falling off the wagon and being run over by Ronald McDonald and his cronies. So for 2007, the goal is more peace, less grease.

I read quite a few books in 2006 and plan to read even more in 2007. Here's the current pile of books next to my nightstand waiting for perusal:
Our Ecstatic Days -- Steve Erickson
Dhalgren -- Samuel R. Delany
Only Revolutions -- Mark Z. Danielewski
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -- Jonathan Safran Foer
Start Where You Are -- Pema Chodron
The Fifty Year Sword -- Mark Z. Danielewski
Plus I have two more Jeff Noon novels due to hit my mailbox in a week or two. Anybody have any good books to recommend?

More resolutions to come throughout the month. Why should January 1st get all the glory?


Anonymous said...

I'm only a few pages into Mysteries of Pittsburgh right now (I think the only thing by Michael Chabon I haven't read yet), but it's already excellent. If you haven't read Chabon yet, you MUST... start with Wonder Boys, then Kavalier & Clay. I read far too little in '06; but finally got around to All The King's Men and was shocked by how much I loved the language of it.

Matt said...

Lots of people rave about Chabon, and you just confirmed it. My favorite book store has a used copy of Kavalier & Clay, so I'll have to pick that up this weekend. Thanks!