I saw a piece in the newspaper yesterday about decorating one's home with books. This is nothing new here -- I have no real decorating scheme and no money with which to decorate, but since we do love to read, our scheme, by default, is "Early Literate."
But the article -- oh, the article! I thought I was deep in The Onion territory when I read about a decorator's clients, all of whom seem to have built enormous homes with formal libraries and yet they "have no books" to line the shelves. Her job, therefore, is to find the right color and type of binding to create the look they desire.
I guess the alternative would be to buy some books in which one is interested, read them, and then store them on one's bookshelves. But that would definitely take more time and drag out the whole decorating project.
Also in literary news, I saw in the March issue of The Writer that The Paris Review now has all of their author interviews online, dating back to the '50s.
Oh, my, again. How am I going to get anything else done this week?
And also? This isn't really literary news. We'll call it decorating news, just like Item #1 in this post, as I intend to paper my walls with pages from The Writer, thus creating the look of one who actually writes. Or reads about writing. Or thinks about reading. Or likes the color of the pages. Or something.
I realized the other day that I hadn't read The Weight of a Mass with Ramona for the longest time. We snuggled up, read, and she adored it. Again. We also love Josephine Nobisso's Take It to the Queen. I even included a couple of quotes from that one in my Through the Year With Mary book (which Josephine was kind enough to endorse.)
If you haven't read Josephine's books, check them all out at Gingerbread House Publishing.
Speaking of books, I wrote a chapter for a new book that Servant will publish next month. Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, edited by Rebecca Vitz Cherico, should be available around mid-March. More on that coming soon.