I was gathering tidbits for a Sunday miscellany just a while ago, planning to lead with the Penguin 80th anniversary Little Black Classics editions you see above, when I saw that Thomas was of a like mind this morning. Sort of. We share a similar compulsion for collecting in full sets and Penguin design chops in general, but this time he will not bow to temptation. You will have to travel over there to read why.
But I will bow to temptation. It is just a question of when. The buzz over this set started back in the fall but now the release date is actually at hand. For individual copies. But it looks like the boxed set is not available until November. What to do, what to do? I may just start purchasing them as I'm intending this to be a new reading project similar to my Art of the Novella commitment but spread over time, not ridiculously semi-achieved in a month. Pop over to the slick Penguin site for the series to see all the titles.
My one silly fear before acquisition? That the black of the covers will not be consistently dark.
The Grantchester Mysteries on PBS Masterpiece Mystery this winter has been much more enjoyable than I would have initially thought. I watched the first episode when I was sick some weeks back and have since been a regular viewer on Sunday nights. I'm also in the middle of the first book from the series that inspired the show - Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. Also enjoyable. But having the most fun collecting music inspired from watching the series and compiling into a new playlist - heavy emphasis upon Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong and Gloria Dee. A bright spot in a cold, dreary winter.
Today, I'm reading The Albertine Workout by Anne Carson. On another note of that collecting compulsion piece mentioned earlier, I happily have a lovely set of the New Directions Poetry Pamphlets that I have been meaning to get to of which this title is number thirteen in the series. This one focuses on the sleeping and slippery Albertine from Proust's La Prisonnière, or The Captive. The woman that Marcel is obsessed with but never is given a voice of her own within the text. I'm reading to see if Carson rectifies that here or if her approach has other designs.
This week, I plan on starting the T.H. White biography by Sylvia Townsend Warner, and may turn to The Goshawk by White after that in preparation for reading Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk. What are you reading this week?