This was another quiet month on the blog, as I am very busy packing and moving. Reading-wise, I am still doing a lot of rereading as I decide what to keep, and also just feel like revisiting old friends as they turn up …
I also found a new interest in the life and work of Helen Keller, after reading and reviewing The Story of My Life last month. Dorothy Herrmann’s 1998 biography provided a fascinating look at a story that is much more complex than the sanitized version that’s been handed down for public consumption. I recommend it for anyone who wants to delve further into the topic, as well as Helen’s own works.
I found many striking and beautiful passages in My Religion, her book about the importance of Swedenborgian thought in her life. I had little knowledge of this revolutionary pre-Enlightenment “New Church” before, aside from dismissive and inflammatory treatments by critics, but to Keller it was a message of freedom and love that seems very relevant today. It’s sad that her family and others who were in control of her legacy were ashamed of this interest as well as her avid socialism.
- Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse – Reread
- A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle – Reread
- Thirteen to Nineteen: Discovering the Light by Julian Sleigh
- My Religion by Helen Keller
- Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – Reread
Other Features and Events
- I continued to make progress in Don Quixote, Part II. Halfway through!