02. I reviewed Zadie Smith’s Swing Time last week and although there was no appropriate place for the following quote about judging books, it has stayed with me (because who doesn’t like a book rating system?). Anyway, it comes via the character of Judy, a no-nonsense, self-proclaimed bogan from Bendigo (a large rural town not far from Melbourne) –
“She never read more than a third – ‘I get the basic idea’ – and when she’d finished she would give one of four possible judgements. ‘Zippy’ – which was good; ‘Important’ – which was very good; ‘Controversial’ – which could be either good or bad, you never knew; or ‘Lidderary’, which was pronounced with a sigh and an eye roll and was very bad.”
03. This article about the most controversial books of 2016 is interesting. How did I not know the JT LeRoy story?!
04. “Memoir doesn’t get you in people’s heads unfiltered. It doesn’t deliver that level of complexity. Only fiction can allow you to assign feelings.” Agree or disagree? (I don’t agree but I’m a memoir fan).
05. Isn’t it nice when you meet the lovely friends of your lovely friends? That happened this week and it was just a big extension of lovely friends.
06. This week I learnt how to crotchet. And I’m also going sailing. All these new things are sounding like I’m into New Year’s resolutions or something (I’m not).
07. I won’t rest until The Fitness Marshall is my BFF.
08. These are the salads* I made for our NYE party (a fab night with dear friends, a large quantity of gin cocktails consumed, fireworks watched and glow sticks worn) – both are from Hetty McKinnon’s books. She’s the Salad Queen.
*Roasted beetroot, turnips, edamame and radish with wasabi mayonnaise; Harissa, chickpea, roasted sweet potato and spinach.
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