Books for children and books for me

by Jess

Hello, all!  I’m home, a little browner, a little sandier, a little sleepier.  It was a good time.  Let me tell you about what I’ve been reading.

For starters, I discovered that The Mysterious Benedict Society is a children’s novel, the first in a trilogy (pretty obviously a children’s book, if you look at the website).  I picked it up for $5 at a bargain store, and I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I’d realized it was a kids’ book, but I’m glad I did.  I don’t believe in such a thing as “beach reading” — either a book is good enough to read, in which case it’s appropriate to read in any season, or it’s not — but Benedict Society is a fun, quirky book, a la Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I realized that it will be perfect to read to Holden when he’s a bit older.  Right now, we’re having plenty of fun with the likes of Llama Llama Red Pajama, but soon.

Bob Hicok’s Words for Empty and Words for Full is still settling over me, so I’m not going to write up a full review today.  Be assured, though: it does not disappoint.

But I don’t want to leave you empty handed, so to speak, so I give you Nana Shengelaia’s essay “On the General Semantics of Empty Words.”  Enjoy.