Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Small Bits from Yesterday

The heat pressed down on me yesterday. A headache was coming on. After I called it a day at work, I had a choice to either head straight home to a hot apartment or take my $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble in air conditioned bliss, after which I would pick up a healthy dinner to bring home, rather than add to the stifling heat by cooking a meal.

At Barnes and Noble, I browsed through the shelves, mainly staying in the fiction section. I was going to go to the writing section, but then I thought better of it, and continued to sift through the fiction. I saw many possibilities. An anthology caught my attention. I took a photo of the book’s cover so that I could remember it for later: Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East edited by Reza Aslan. As I made my way through the shelves, I came upon a small literary studies section. I pulled a few books and flipped through. It was just about time for me to go fetch dinner. I would have to face the heat outside. I rubbed my head a few times, not wanting to take my pills just yet. I would see if the headache would remain at its low note and would fall back into itself. I found my book here in this section. I’ve always enjoyed reading Harold Bloom’s literary commentary. When I read his words, I feel as though I am sitting in on a very interesting and intelligent lecture or conversation that I can keep coming back to—I am a fly on the wall absorbing his knowledge about literature, which he is clearly passionate about. His book that I chose is The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life. I’m looking forward to diving deeper into his book. It will be a nice slow read taken in little sips.

Exiting through the front doors of the bookstore, I am wrapped in stuffy heat. One more stop and then home bound. After I picked up our dinner, I was walking to the car and heard my cell phone ring. I thought it would be my significant other, but it turned out to be a call back from a job I had applied to a week back. When I sent my resume, I honestly did not think I would hear from them, so I was taken aback by the call. I stopped walking and found a quiet corner on the street so that I could learn more about the position. I was glad to have been called back and quite thankful. We reached the end of our conversation and agreed to a meeting. The owner appreciated my honesty. If all works out, this will be a second part-time position; I will remain at my current part-time position. I gave my current boss a head’s up some time ago that I would be looking for a part-time position, but that it would have to be just what I was looking for, which isn’t always easy to come by—hours, location, job specifics, etc. I will let the boss know today that I have made progress in my search and see how that goes.

Nothing is certain at this point. All I know is that it feels in alignment with my intentions. The only other intention that I have been thinking about is of preparing one of my writings for submission. It will take some time. It will be a personal sharing with fiction elements: Creative nonfiction. I will be happy when I send it away because that will be more than enough. The action—the doing becoming reality—not just thinking about it, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not as concerned with acceptance. Because of how my road has been, just sending my writing out is a HUGE step. That in and of itself is satisfying. The time will come.


keiko amano said...


It's mysterious, but I hope you'll get this part time job.

I've been much more active on FB nowadays, but my piece will be published on the Bicycle Review for August 15th issue. I'm excited. And also, Contemporary Literary Horizon has published my "The literacy of Japanese Women," so I intend to write more about it.

I've written a lot, so I think it's about time to actively send them out. I hate rejection, but again, I need to test myself.

keiko amano said...

I forgot to mention that every time I see Harold Bloom's huge literary criticism book, I wish I have read it. How many times I almost bought one, but I thought of other accumulated books at home. In a way, it's been good that his books are usually expensive because they are hardcovers. But a few weeks ago, I found his paperbacks "Shakespear" for only one dollar in the library! It is still very heavy, but yes, of course, I got it. But, it is still sitting on my table because in the meantime, I found the collection of O'Henry short stories which is also very thick and heavy, so that is also sitting together with Shakespeare by Bloom, and meantime, I got Thoreau's book for 50 cents which I have read so far only two pages of its introduction. It's a long way for me to cover the western literature, but not that I'm expert in Japan's literature. That is also a long way to go. How lucky I am!

By the way, I'm interested in The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life. I saw it in Barnes and Nobles. That's a sexy book!

Rebb said...

Keiko, I hope I get the job too. It will cut into my writing time. It may force me to get more focused and maybe move my writing time to the evenings.

That’s wonderful news about both of your pieces being published! Congratulations, Keiko. Very exciting!! : ) I can easily see “The literacy of Japanese Women” evolve into a book and also used as part of a class. You have so much to share that a wider audience can benefit from.

Yes, time to send them out and keep testing yourself! If one place rejects, try another and another.

Ah, you found some great book deals! It is a very long way to cover any literature. I try to keep up for the joy of it, but there is so much I haven’t read that I want to read and I think that may be one reason why I jump around so much. I want to taste as much as I can, even if it’s not the whole enchilada. You are lucky and your reading and exploring will keep you busy for a long time!

One of the first Harold Bloom books I bought a long time ago—and I think it may have been a book-of-the month club sale. I can’t remember how I came across it. It’s his book called, Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds. I haven’t finished it of course. I need to get back to it. I pull it out now and then and read a section.

Youu saw the book in the shelves too. Sexy…I hadn’t thought of his book that way. I like that.

Happy reading!