The Kickoff Party!
In an effort to better myself and catch up to my literary friends I am only reading YA & MG classics, for the month of March. The selection process took place in the beginning of February and sparked intense debate. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Giver being the most frequently mentioned titles. The Giver stands at #10 on my list of all-time faves. To Kill a Mockingbird would be an excellent choice for a reread, but I have something up my sleeve for Capo- I mean, Lee's work. You'll see later in the year. No one has committed to joining me in March is Classic, but here's your chance. If you'd like to pick up one or more of the titles, I'd love to compare thoughts and help each other out when SparkNotes aren't enough. So kidding. I am, I swear.
Here is the official list:
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins* by Scott O'Dell
2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
4. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
6. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
If I fly through those, then I have The Jungle Book and The Covered Wagon waiting in line.
Wish me luck and please provide input as I post my thoughts for each book finished!
April's theme will be revealed in the middle of March and all six slots will be chosen by you guys.
* I believe I have been incorrectly referring to Island of the Blue Dolphins without the pluralized last word. I will correctly post from here on out. Also, Heather pledged her support and will join me in reading this, hold her to it for me, will ya. I'd do it, but I have myself to watch out for.
Crap. I need to get this over with!
I received the, uh...flower award? I am not sure of its name. "The Picasso Award!" Oh, thanks. So, The Picasso Award. Amber Lough kindly passed this along stating, "Jonathon Arntson, a new blogger friend of mine, who is in need of YET ANOTHER award, naturally." Thanks, Amber! I have never been given an award just to have another award. So, here are the rules: For this particular award, the requirements are that I share 7 pieces of info about myself and then choose 7 blogs I feel deserve the award too. I am sure that if you read my past SAMS posts, you'd have far more than seven pieces of info about me. I will pick one person to receive this award.
I choose...Tina Laurel Lee. She deserves this. I think I've given her other awards, but if you knew the things she and I have in common...we're destined to be BFF's. So, I imagine we both have a love for Picasso's work. I am not sure how Petite Fleurs came to be the symbol of a chain letter award, but what is there to say about it? When someone sat down and designed this award, were they like, let's Google a picture of flowers, oh look, there's a cute one, oh it's drawn by Picasso, even better. Viola. Award. Well, here's my problem, Petite Fleurs was created by Picasso in 1958. It is an overly exploited piece of work, hanging in millions of homes trapped as a piece of crap poster. I have Picasso posters, so I am as guilty as anyone, but the other night I tried to look up info about the painting. Nothing. Nada. The year, the artist, 2,780,000 Google hits of $10 prints from everywhere and that was it. No discussions of mediums used, meanings, I could not even find out where the original is. I am not mad, just sad that some beautifully simple drawing has been watered down to only exist as a nameless print of flowers and a hand. I highly doubt Picasso had gratitude on the mind during its creation. But I at least have some for Amber and her blog love.