For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.
Simplify. That’s a complicated word.
I could simplify by decluttering my home of the excess possessions that pile up if I had the time. I could simplify my schedule if it ever felt like I had the energy to do much more than the bare minimum to raise children, hold down a job, and be a responsible adult.
Simplicity is complicated.
“Simplify” is a verb that looks like it’s just one more thing to do.
I think I’ll seek simplicity in being rather than doing.
Author: Matthew Quick
Title: Every Exquisite Thing
Narrator: Vanessa Johansson
Publication Info: New York : Hachette Audio, p2016.
Not sure what to make of this book. Nanette O’Hare is a good student and star soccer player at her high school, but an outsider who spends her lunch time with her English teacher. When her teacher introduces her to an out-of-print book about a disaffected teen railing against conformity, Nanette’s life is changed and she finds and befriends the book’s author. While Nigel Booker refuses to discuss his novel, he does encourage Nanette to rethink her life, leading her to quit the soccer team and reconsider going to college. He also introduces her to a boy her age who is also a fan of the book and a tortured poet, Alex. Alex is kind of the manic pixie dream boy of the novel which is kind of a tragedy since neither Nanette nor the author seem to want to realize that he is a colossal douche. I won’t go into any spoilers but a lot of things happen that push Nanette to the edge of her sanity and increase her resentment against everyone she knows. I think the problem with this book is that so many characters are so one-dimensional and villainous, that it undermines the generally well-rounded and contradictory characterization of Nanette herself. Maybe I’ve just finally outgrown teenage rebellion?
Recommended books: The Pigman by Paul Zindel, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green