Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Ninth Book

I thought I would feel like celebrating, but to be honest, I'm just tired...

I finished the ninth book for my 10-week PSU class this evening!

The last book was 411 pages long - that was a lot to read in one week. I really didn't think I would finish, but I did. It was The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe.

A little out of my "comfort zone" - about the roots of the psychedelic / LSD movement in the 60s. The book has an Oregon connection, because it's about Ken Kesey, who grew up in Oregon and eventually came back to Oregon after his part in the movement played out.

Yes, that's Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion.

Now I just have to attend class on Monday and Wednesday this week, and come up with a workable idea for my final paper - 2500 words - and then I can wrap up the class. Whew!


Annemarie said...

Oh, not sure if I'd want to read that book. One of the things I actually love about going to school is being forced to read books that I wouldn't choose myself. I think it's a wonderful way to be exposed to new literature. So I'm proud of you for finishing this book, even if it doesn't earn a place on your "top books" list!

Oh, and if you ever need a buddy to read a book along with you for moral support, or for discussion purposes, don't forget about me. I'd be honored to join you in reading a tough book sometime.

Dorothy said...'re almost there!

Funny that you say the "workable idea" for your final 2500 paper is the biggest challenge yet ahead. Not the writing of it? But I get it. Kind of like an artist staring at a blank canvas....figuring out WHAT to paint is often more difficult than the actual process.

Good luck!

Jenn said...

Thanks for the vinegar tip! I had no idea and I think that helps with keeping colors too, maybe it will make my whites, whiter!! Thanks!
Good luck with your paper and the last few classes! You can do it.