Standards emerge, American Gods
In the course of this project, I realize I am a much happier reader than writer! Perhaps a standardized set of metadata, elements I would capture for each journal entry, could help ritualize the act of writing. Can one ‘sneak up’ on their own ideas? It is worth an attempt.
For each journal entry, I will note:
- Date begun reading
- Where the book is from (a gift, airport book, etc.)
- Whether I am re-reading the book
- Impressions and questions
To practice, I am re-reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I started reading 09 November 2015. While hard to track, the first reading was prompted by my colleagues in the Scholars’ Lab; and happily, my current re-reading was also prompted by those in the SLab (Ronda has the brilliant idea for a nerdy book club. We are all in.).
Deep in chapter 7, I am thinking a lot about the deep issues the US has with imprisonment, the life and death of gods or god-time? (Not sure that’s a thing), memory and dreams–which will inevitably make me want to re-read Kraken, An Anatomy by Miéville–and loss.
I am always intrigued that Shadow does not recognize the power of gifts bestowed until the gods alert him. He gives almost carelessly, an after-thought.