Daily Archives: August 2, 2020

Sunday Salon, 8/2



A Room with a View

Finished The Beggar Queen before the the end of July. I even posted some thoughts on Lloyd Alexander’s Westmark trilogy!

Also caught up on my Deal Me In reading, though I’m not back on the commentary wagon there.

On a nostalgia-powered whim, I decided to reread A Room with a View by E. M. Forster. The first/last time I read it was probably sometime in college when I decided that since I liked the movie so much I should probably do my due diligence and read the book. I think I have more to say about it later.


Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

I purchased a copy of Draft No. 4 by John McPhee. That’s probably going to be my morning reading for a couple/few weeks.

I should finish The King in Yellow, but I’m not really enthusiastic about it. Chamber’s writing is rather plain and oblique. I’ll power through another couple stories and see where I stand.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is hosting a “reverse” readathon on the 7th-8th. Instead of starting 8am EST of Saturday, it starts at 8pm EST on Friday—which comes out to 5pm my time. I’m looking forward to it.

Also gearing up for another Classics Club Spin:

What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 9th August 2020, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List.

On Sunday 9th August, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 30th September, 2020.

via the Classics Club blog

So here’s my Spin List:

  1. Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown
  2. The Mummy! by Jane Webb Loudon
  3. Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier
  4. The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas
  5. East Lynne by Ellen Wood
  6. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  8. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  9. King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
  10. The Horla by Guy de Maupassant
  11. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. The Wind in the Rose-Bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
  13. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
  14. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
  15. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck
  16. The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
  17. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  18. The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker
  19. The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells
  20. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle


Watched two new-to-me movies this week. The first was The Messenger (2009) about a staff sergeant assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. It was pretty good, but anything with Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster is going to be solid.

Better in my opinion was Bad Reputation (2018), a documentary about Joan Jett. I’ve never been a Joan Jett fan really, outside of her hits, but she’s an artist with an incredible and influential career.



It was kind of a crap week. I’ll blame the continued heatwave for my lethargy.

I forgot to track my time yesterday, but I probably worked less than 10 hours this past week. I did do a read-through of articles, set up a spreadsheet of names and addresses, updated the google map I have of events, and started writing—I have 300 of some kind of words.


More research, more writing. I want to reread what The Man from the Train has to say about Rev. George Kelly. Generally, I’d like to learn more about policing and streetcars in Omaha in 1915.