Prompted by a post at the WaPo book blog, I started wondering what would be on my list of five books I really should read. At first, I thought the original post was a little strong in saying not having read the books was embarrassing. Now I’m not so sure.
Here’s the five I decided upon:
Granted, the last two may be influenced by my Russian reading binge over the last year. But there’s no question I ought to be embarrassed at never having read the others on the list. All my kids have read Gatsby, some twice. How can someone who has practiced law for 20+ years never have read Harper Lee’s classic? And given my years as a reporter and love of simple, concise writing, it is disgraceful I’ve not read one or more Hemingway works.
So I’m thinking maybe I should start reading at least one “classic” a month as a process of literary redemption.
All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Ernest Hemingway, Selected Letters 1917-1961