~~~**~~***~Happy Thanksgiving for everyone who celebrates. May you have plenty of good food, good company, and good books to be thankful for!~***~~**~~~
I’m doing the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, and you should, too! You could always start it next year, who’s to stop you? (Click the link to see the challenge, and to download a PDF of the challenge list.)
To quote the article: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. […] We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out.”
This is National Novel Writing Month, so I’m only doing one book this month.
- Read a play.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Edward Albee.
This is the script of a 1962 play.
I like my dark comedy, but this is far more dark than comedy in my opinion. Full of subtext and passive-aggressive interactions, it’s basically about two couples, one older and one younger, who met at a faculty party, and sit and drink and talk… or fight. And fight they do! Dredging up painful history, secrets, hinting and circling back, threatening each other with remembered pain… it’s pretty painful to read.
The little hints and subtext are interesting to figure out, and it wasn’t too difficult to make it there before the play revealed the truth. The characters lie a lot, and my but they drink a lot, too! I lost count, but I’m impressed they didn’t all end up passed out on the floor. If you liked The Glass Menagerie, or “Hills Like White Elephants,” you should like this play.
Funnily enough, I got my most likes–22 on the 22nd–on my birthday. The coincidence makes me smile.