A Readable Jen

As I’m bored and am not really into blogging about work right now (synopsis: I’m working retail at Christmas — enough said!), I thought I’d copy Nikkiana and write about what I’ve read off of this list:

Gilgamesh (epic)| Bible — Old Testament (Word of God) | Odyssey (Homer) | Illiad (Homer) | Sappho’s poems (sang some of them) | Bible — New Testament (to Logou ha Theou) | Beowulf (epic) | The Poem of the Cid (epic) | The Saga of Burnt Njal (Icelandic saga) | The Divine Comedy** (Dante Aligheri) | Song of Roland (anon) | Canterbury Tales (Chaucer) | Le Morte D’Arthur (Malory) | Sonnets (Shakespeare) | The Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan) | Poems…** (Burns) | Poems** (Woodsworth) | Poems** (Poe) | Leave of Grass (Whitman) | Poems (Dickinson) | Poems (Yeats) | Prufrock and Other Poems (Eliot) | Poems (Hopkins) | Selected Poems** (Auden)

The Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a “Arabian Nights”) | Candide** (Voltaire) | Heptamï??ron** (Marguerite de Navarre) | Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Grimm Brothers) | Tales of the Grotesque and Macabre** (Poe) | Dubliners** (Joyce) | Farenheit 451 (Bradbury) | All Creatures Great and Small** (Herriot)

Antigone (Sophocles) | Medea (Euripides) | Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) | Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) | Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) | Hamlet (Shakespeare) | Othello (Shakespeare) | Macbeth (Shakespeare) | A Doll’s House (Ibsen) | Cyrano de Bergerac*** (Rostand) | Murder in the Cathedral* (Eliot) | Our Town (Wilder) | Antigone* (Anouilh) | A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams) | Death of a Salesman (Miller) | Waiting for Godot (Beckett)

Novels before 1899
Pantagruel** (Rabelais) | Gulliver’s Travels** (Swift) | Frankenstein (Shelley) | Ivanhoe (Scott) | The Last of the Mohicans** (Cooper) | Oliver Twist (Dickens) | A Christmas Carol (Dickens) | The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne) | Moby Dick*** (Melville) | Madame Bovary (Flaubert) | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland** (Carroll) | Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky) | Little Women (Alcott) | Middlemarch** (Eliot) | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain) | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain) | A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Twain)

Novels 1900-1949
Heart of Darkness (Conrad) | The Call of the Wild (London) | Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery) | Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce) | My Antonia (Cather) | Babbitt (Lewis) | Billy Budd (Melville) | The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) | Call It Sleep (Roth) | Finnegan’s Wake (Joyce) | Native Son (Wright) | The Outsider (Camus)

Novels 1950 and after
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis) | The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) | The Invisible Man (Ellison) | East of Eden (Steinbeck) | Lord of the Flies (Golding) | The Leopard (de Lampedusa) | To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee) | One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | The Joy Luck Club (Tan)

*=”I’ve seen it performed at the seminary.”
**=”I’ve read selected poems or large excerpts of the book”
***=”I’ve studied the piece but haven’t read the whole book.” (For some of these, we watched the movie and read parts of the book that weren’t part of the movie in some of my classes in high school.)

Random Conversations on Canadian Christianity

leenielikescake: in other news, i’ve been emailing back and forth with the richard you linked in a recent entry!
gracefulfemina: i think his wife is wondering about the 20 year old women that he’s talking to these days!***
leenielikescake: heh
leenielikescake: i also sent brianna’s friend jeff an email last night… he has some very good thoughts about christianity, i think.
gracefulfemina: yes
gracefulfemina: canadians seem to have a better grip on christianity than we do for some reason.
leenielikescake: well. maybe not more than we (eileen and jen) do. let’s move to canada!
gracefulfemina: jon and i have been talking about that since our honeymoon.
leenielikescake: 🙂

***(Richard: we are hoping Shannon is OK with us talking to you.)


Copying Julia here…

Of the board list, I’ve read…

#2: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#3: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
#19: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#20: Native Son by Richard Wright
#41: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#64: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
#67: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
#77: Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
#88: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Of the author list I have read:
#5: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#13: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#19: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
#25: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#43: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
#57: A Portrait of the Artist as a Yong Man by James Joyce
#69: Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison
#75: Call of the Wild by Jack London
#77: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#90: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
#94: My Antonia by Willa Cather

That’s 13 distinct books out of the Modern Library | 100 Best Novels. I’m not into modern lit at all (evidenced by the fact that these were all read for school purposes) so if there was a 100 best of all time, I’d probably be in the 20-30% range on that.

My Day

My mother-in-law and I walked to the church that my father-in-law is supplying and ended up being 15 minutes late, meaning that we missed everything up to the Gospel reading. Ray’s sermon was great and after church, we discovered that his parents were sitting right behind us. Oh joy. This was the church’s huge Christmas shindig so I ate really crappy Lutheran church food (the desserts were the highlight). The children sang us Christmas carols off key. Jon preached today in Newark. I’m sorry I missed it.

My Afternoon and Evening
When we got home, we chilled for a while and then we went to see the new Harry Potter movie. It was wonderful and I got to see Emma Watson who doesn’t have as good Hermione scenes as she does in the first movie (which is truly unfortunate), but it was lovely to see her again. The basilisk scene reminded me why I’m so afraid of snakes (and white cats who pretend to be snakes!!!!!!) We walked home afterwards and went to see some of the neighbors. After this was… Advent devotions!!! My father-in-law refused to get off the phone to join us so my mother-in-law stood in the hallway singing Advent hymns off-key at the top of her lungs, spooking many cats and causing me to laugh so hard that I was shaking and had tears running down my face. (Yes, I know these are run-on sentences. Deal with it!!!!) The devotion was very cat-centered — each of the four candles stood for a cat and their quality.

Now… off to bed so I can get up and pack in the morning. The little white mamba cat is asleep on my bed and he hopefully will stay that way!!!!!

The Wedding

Joanna (my sister-in-law) and I went to my friend Susanna’s wedding and it was… interesting. The service was VERY Calvary Chapel. The music was praise music and very redemption-centered. Wayne (Sus’ husband) accepted Christ before she did (her acceptance came on 9/11) and the ceremony had an altar-call of sorts. Joanna is very agnostic and I owe her big time for making her sit through a lot of the service, especially the vows which were REALLY patriarchal in my humble opinion. (Note: This is coming from Jen who is totally down with having God as her Heavenly Father.) I was really glad to be there and it was so wonderful to hear Sus squealing and laughing as she came down the aisle.

The reception was… interesting and very full of Christian kitsch. The wedding favors were Christmas ball ornaments with “Susanna and Wayne Burrow, December 7, 2002” on one side and a Scripture reference on the other that was “God appointed for [us] to read”. There were also crocheted Cross bookmarks at each place to remind us of the saving value of the Cross. Scattered across the table were TestaMints — you get the picture. (I will say that the Testamints amused me greatly.) The bride-and-groom talent show was spectacular and I was able to politely roast Sus at the reception. (I threatened to tell stories about our time at UCSC. I politely refrained though.)

I will say this… I prayed for a long time for Susanna to accept Christ and it came on 9/11. The pastor was commenting during the service that such a thing redeems the day. Sorry… it doesn’t redeem the day but… her acceptance of Christ does answer my prayers and I am thankful that she is with Jesus now. I’ve been praying for her for quite a few years and when I finally got to talk to her, I told her that she really should have emailed me when she accepted Christ. She laughed (which was music to my ears despite the high decibel level) and I have to admit — though none of our mutual college friends were there (possibly because she lost touch with a lot of people after college and many would probably remind her of her BC life), I am SOOOOO happy to have flown out to see her on her special day.