activity has been slow here because
we have been busy taking in the sights. March arrives in a couple of days. And then he will be one. Gosh.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
In the past few weeks I've been eating my words about Eat, Pray, Love. Yes the book has been read cover to cover. Yes it is still unbelievable how neatly everything turns out in the end (I mean you get your mind, you get the guy, you also get a bestseller.) However in that earlier post linked to above, I was pretty skeptical about EPL because of its subject and its popularity. I am not skeptical about its contents or its success anymore. One of the reasons for this change of heart is because a complete reading offers better perspective to comment on any book (it is not fair at all to skim a book and pronounce mighty judgement given the fact that somebody toiled over it for months or years.) Another reason, the opinion changing one for me, is the genuineness of the voice that wrote this book. I don't think you can fake that kind of presentation throughout a book. Something in you had to spill on the page in order to write a book like EPL. And yes, I am recommending the book.
I must also strongly recommend this wonderful talk by Gilbert on A different way to think about creative genius. Brilliant, Honest.
And a short conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert on EPL by the Borders Book Club (yes all women.)
Lastly, this hilarious Mars vs Venus conversation about EPL on the Slate Book Club (I must confess I listened to this way back in April/May 2008 while I was reading EPL and I suspect Stephen Metcalf had an influence on me).