Now this makes me laugh.
Maybe I need Will Arnett to read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to me, as he did in this brief clip from The Jimmy Fallon Show.
He seems to have Margaret’s voice inflections down, which makes me wonder: How would James Earl Jones sound reading a Judy Blume book? Or maybe Clint Eastwood?
When you’re a 35-year-old guy, you don’t just walk into a Starbucks carrying a Judy Blume book, do you?
Well, I don’t. That’s just weird. And awkward. And downright creepy.
As I mentioned in my post about finding time to read, I do a lot of my reading at lunch. So whatever book I am reading becomes my tag-along for a week or two, or whatever length of time I take to read it.
Well, here we go.
If you’ve read any of my posts within the last two weeks, you all know my feelings on this book, so I won’t belabor the point. Instead, let’s hop right into the exciting world of Margaret Simon, the protagonist in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Some quick facts:
Who doesn’t love a good three-day weekend?
You know, the kind of a weekend where you pack your bags, head off to a hotel, a campground, a resort, and leave your troubles in cubicle land behind you, if only for 72 hours. For a few days, the stress and, perhaps, the mundaneness of normal life is gone and you live in a care-free, stress-free world.
James Dickey’s Deliverance is about a three-day weekend. Four guys, city-dwellers from Atlanta, pack up a tent, bows and arrows, two canoes and head into the mountains of North Georgia for three days of riding down the fictional Cahulawassee rapids (the movie filmed the canoeing scenes on the Chattooga River), hunting deer, drinking beer, and escaping from their normal lives of concrete and cars.
When someone hears about this 101 book quest for the first time, I usually get the question, “How do you find the time to read that many books?”
It’s a valid question. After all, 101 books is a lot of books. I’ve got a full-time job, a wife, a nine-month old, a church I’m involved in, and an addiction to running in half marathons and marathons–all of which I would prioritize above reading novels. So when do I find time to read?
This isn’t a blog about movies. But when one of the 101 books was made into a well-known movie, well, I gotta talk about it.
One of the most memorable scenes, of many, from Deliverance has got to be the dueling banjos. Now, I could post a quick video of that scene and call it a day. But, no, I want to take it to the next level. Instead of a simple video of dueling banjos, I thought I would, in the words of Emeril Lagasse, take it up another notch.
Well, you probably already know which books are in the next five. But here’s visual proof.
Is there any one book in particular that stands out here? Hmm. I’m not sure. Let’s see…maybe it’s the one with the photo of a 12-year-old girl’s feet on the cover?
After reading Mrs. Dalloway, and with Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret lurking right around the corner, I needed a book to liven things up. Enter Deliverance.
I can’t read the word “deliverance” without hearing a banjo in my head. Can you? Most of us probably know about the legendary movie, directed by John Boorman, but the movie would never have been possible without James Dickey’s novel.
Get your pitchforks ready. Find a stake you can set fire to. Get ready to riot and burn an effigy of me.
Because I’m about to be honest: I didn’t like Mrs. Dalloway. There, I said it. I’ve probably committed some kind of literary heresy by admitting this, but I’ve got to keep it real, as the kids say.
Well, at least you guys have a sense of humor.
It’s pretty clear, after reading through yesterday’s comments, that most of you think it funny to watch a 35-year-old man read a Judy Blume book about a girl coming of age. A bit uncomfortable, perhaps?