Thursday, January 2, 2014
Evanston: immoderate; books read; a good quote
Heavy snow is blowing diagonally past our windows. It has been snowing here for so long, with only brief breaks, that I don’t recall when it began. Perhaps New Year’s Eve. And more snow is predicted for six of the next seven days.
Since Carol and I moved here eight years ago, winters in Chicago have been relatively moderate. This one is not. Severe cold came early, as has heavy snow fall. Already this winter is immoderate with aspirations to become severe.
Nevertheless I bundled up and took a walk this morning. The bundling was necessary just to empty the trash, which hadn’t been done for two days, and once bundled I kept on going and trudged down to the lake.
The above photo is in color.
While playing with adjustments in Apple’s Aperture program, I chanced upon this, which is totally unrealistic, but I find rather fetching.
Books read July-December 2013
EVA LUNA Isabel Allende
THE CORPSE READER Antonio Garrido
THINGS FALL APART Chinua Achebe
THE RINGS OF SATURN W. G. Seabald
AHAB’S WIFE Sena Jeter Nausland
UNDER THE VOLCANO Malcolm Lowry
THE LADY IN GOLD Anne-Marie O’Connor
DON QUIXOTE Miguel de Cervantes
SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE Kurt Vonnegut
1356 Bernard Cornwell
STRUMPET CITY James Plunkett
HALSEY’S TYPHOON Bob Drury
ARCHANGEL Andrea Barrett
NO LONGER AT EASE Chinua Achebe
THE PENGUIN BOOK OF FIRST WORLD WAR STORIES
THE FORBIDDEN ZONE Mary Borden
IMMORTAL POETS Christopher Burns
ARROW OF GOD Chinua Achebe
STONER John Williams
TALES OF HEARSAY Joseph Conrad
MANFRED Lord Byron
From John in New Zealand comes an excellent quote from Winston Churchill, for which I thank him:
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.