Lack of Particulars Makes the Story

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  1. Lil says:

    Amen. Books never fail. Just so happens tonight I have the evening to myself and the plan is to curl up on the couch and read. I am SO looking forward to that.

  2. Pearl says:

    And that is why I read even more than I write. Because the world is a beautiful place made all the more so by the beautiful observers.


  3. kmkat says:

    Yay, books. I love them with the heat of a thousand suns. Would you share your reading list for the class? I’m always looking for way to expand my horizons (during the times when life is not so stressful that murder mysteries are all my brain can handle).

    Re: the passage you quoted. Might part of its appeal to you stem from your height? In praise of tall women 🙂

    • Jocelyn says:

      Wellllll…I’m about 5’6″ and a half, so I’m not all that tall, really. Kind of average-ish (except in my ability to consume baked goods; there, I excel).

  4. lime says:

    oh sugar, you get me. yep, the books from childhood through adulthood have soothed me when wounded and inspired me when i needed that. they’ve been the unfailing friends when others have abandoned. yep, that’s probably one of the big reasons i want to be a librarian. i’d be working in a building full of friends.

  5. I was going to comment on the value of books (yes!) and then got distracted by your response about your height. So I went off on a tangent. Per the CDC. average height for American women is 5’3.8″ which in fact, makes you taller than average. And makes me scarily precisely average. If you look at only non-Hispanic white American women, the average is still only a bit taller at 5’4.2″. But… the thing that most struck me is that I always pictured you as being a LOT taller than me, like maybe 5’10”. I have no idea why.

    • Jocelyn says:

      I crazy love this comment, on about three different levels. You gave me facts and a tangent and feedback that I somehow come across as larger than life (hahahahaha)…now that’s my kind of comment.

  6. Avie Layne says:

    I am eagerly awaiting my copy of this book which is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. With this type of writing in it, I know I will start reading and be hooked!

    • Jocelyn says:

      There’s so much good stuff, D! Some of it’s brutal, but it reflects the reality of experience. I’m so glad you get to read so much of it. I’m so glad I get to read so much of it.

  7. chlost says:

    Ah, tall women. I am one of those. Especially in light of SAW’s facts and figures. I am approximately 6 ft. and have never felt comfortable with my height. Reading the passage that you quote hit a spot in me. Reading the thoughts of someone (male) who sees a tall woman as beautiful simply in the act of revealing her height as she stands went straight to my heart.
    I love books, I love to read. Most of my reading makes me jealous of the writer’s ability to write–such as this blog—and I have to push my awe to the side in order to follow the story. I think that your reading list would be wonderful. I am always looking for more to read, and love see what other voracious readers have discovered and recommend.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Here’s the link to the anthology’s Table of Contents:

      If buying the book is too much, you can at least look up the individual authors and find some of them in your library.

      As far as the tall woman goes, your comment here makes me incredibly happy. Click on the Google Books link and read the whole thing; it’s only about two pages long, but the impression she leaves is permanent.

      • chlost says:

        Once I have $100 to spare, I think I will buy this book. It looks wonderful.
        As the to full piece on the tall girl-I love it! My husband is shorter than me. We fit so much of the description of the relationship. I feel as though I have found a gift in reading this. Thanks for sharing it.

        • Jocelyn says:

          I. am. so. glad.

          Seriously. I loved reading that short piece, and knowing that it resonated for you, too, means a great deal.

          Oh, and I’m seeing a used copy of the anthology on Amazon right now for $49.82…

  8. Here-here! If it weren’t for books my soul would be a desolate thing.

  9. Meg says:

    Some of my best friends are books.

    I never would have made it through my life intact and relatively sane if not for the friends I have found in pages. And they are friends, make no mistake. Jo, and Nancy, and Laura and Jane and Scarlett and Harry and Hermione on and on and on.

    I never feel richer than when I walk into the public library and look around realize, “All this is here for the reading! For FREE!”

  10. Interestingly, I learned from the comments that I am exactly the average height of non-hispanic white women.

    You will have to share your reading list. I remember loving Nectar in a Sieve in my World Lit class. I did not, however, enjoy One Hundred Years of Solitude. My eye is twitching just thinking about it.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Who knew the side bonus here would be finding out how tall many of you are?

      I linked to the anthology’s Table of Contents in reply to an earlier comment, so you can look at it that way!

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