Friday, August 6, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: This Is Water

"There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, 'Morning, boys[, h]ow's the water?'"

-- This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace.

When the senior partner at your law firm hands you a little book and tells you that you should read it, the only response is to smile and say, "Oh, yes. Certainly. How lovely."

Does this mean I don't have to read Infinite Jest?


I will be hopping around today because we settled a big child sex abuse case last night (after a long, long day of mediation) and I am celebrating.

Book Blogger Hop

The BBH question this week is whether you listen to music when you read and, if so, what songs?

I can't listen to any music with words while I read. I can have music without words playing -- in our house, this means classic, Mid-Century jazz like Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, or Dexter Gordon -- but I don't hear it. I tune out everything when I read.


  1. Hoppin on by to say hi! Hope you have a great weekend.
    Natalie :0)

  2. I love your city! and the name of your cool! Have an awesome weekend!

  3. Hello!

    I'm just stopping by from "The Hop" - I saw some of your favorite authors are some of my favorite authors. Looking forward to keeping up with your bookish thoughts.

    Happy Reading & Happy Hopping!

  4. Natalie -- Thanks for visiting! I'll hop over.

    Stacy -- Thanks! Many people don't know that Portland is called the Rose City, but once they figure it out, it makes sense.

    Roof Beam -- I am heading right over to see which favorite authors we have in common. And to learn if the name of your blog is a Salinger reference or just a coincidence.

  5. Hopping by to say hi! Great blog!

  6. Back again! Have a great weekend!
    Time to relax and unwind! Don't mind me while I take a twirl around :)

  7. I plucked this off a bookshelf after staying the night at my friends' apartment. They woke up too early for me to get very far but my interest was certainly piqued. I'll look forward to reading your thoughts.

  8. Kelly -- Thanks for stopping by!

    A Musing Mother -- Likewise! And thanks for the compliment!

    Aisle B -- I can unwind this weekend, now that I settled my case. I am looking forward to it!

    Dormouse -- Actually, I read the whole thing during a slow part in my mediation yesterday. I can't say it really knocked my socks off. Get out of your own head. Make the choice to think about people other than yourself. That about sums it up.

  9. I read to music too.

    Happy Friday. Come see how I listen to music when I read.

  10. Mmmm, classic fodder for the ancient, dangerous question, "What did he/she mean by that?" But yeah, you definitely have to read it. Good thing it wasn't War and Peace!


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