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Wednesday reading — memory and matrimony

Now, you might be thinking that watching Olympics coverage 11+ hours a day doesn't leave much time for reading. And you would be correct. Still, I did manage to finish some books this week!

What I've been reading

I read The Captive & The Fugitive, volumes five and six of À la recherche du temps perdu. Ha! Bet you weren't expecting that, were you! Technically, I actually read the end of The Captive and all of The Fugitive, having begun reading slightly less than a year ago, gotten bogged down on how unrelentingly terrible a pairing narrator/Albertine is, and set it aside for the interim. Seriously, though, they are the worst canon pairing ever. Literally all the narrator does for pretty much both entire volumes is obsess about how much lesbian sex he thinks Albertine has had/is having/would be having if he didn't keep her trapped in his house like a jealous weirdo. Also I'm disappointed that there isn't any Proust fic out there, because I totally want some narrator/Saint-Loup.

I read Rapture Practice, a memoir by a gay kid who grew up in my hometown (okay, in my hometown's metro area) and whose fundie/indie/Baptist childhood was approximately a thousand times worse than my own. It was really well-written, although I was disappointed that he ended his story before he came out to his parents; it feels a little like wrapping up your murder mystery after clearing up all the red herrings but before revealing who the actual murderer is.

I read Love All & Busman's Honeymoon, two plays by Dorothy L. Sayers. I knew, of course, that Busman's Honeymoon had been a play before it was a novel (and can you imagine how frustrated and enraged you would be, if you knew that there was a sequel to Gaudy Night out there somewhere on a stage and you couldn't go see it?), but I had never actually read the play, or the other play, which is a comedy of manners about authors, appropriately enough. I had never really given much thought to what staging Busman's Honeymoon as a play would require, either, and it is actually quite problematic considering you have to construct a literal death-trap and set it off on stage! There are some elaborate instructions included for how you ought to do so as safely as possible, but man, if it hadn't actually been written as a play I would never have suggested it as a suitable possibility for adaptation into one.

What I'm reading next

Well, certainly Time Regained, although probably after I regain the time I am currently devoting to watching winter sporting events.

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