Slightly Peckish Tuesday
23 August, 2011
is all about cakes and the lovely British tradition of afternoon tea, but in more convivial and literary surroundings. So check me out at Umamimart: Slightly Peckish. All those who love Persephone Books will know which cake shop I’m talking about, oh yes.
So I’ve been toying with the idea that I should really get my butt in gear and start reading some Russian lit. By that I mean War and Peace since last November marked a 100 years since Tolstoy’s death and dovegreyreader scribbles has been doing a year-long readalong. I also have Granta Books’ The Possessed by Elif Batuman which I will read in tandem. So, anything I should be aware of or worry about before I start?
Of course I’ll be starting War and Peace after I finish Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. One impenetrable book at a time, right? I’m used to all this scientific writing but I haven’t read a science-y book in ages and my brain’s starting to hurt. All this n-th dimensional space is getting to me. However, I was watching The Big Bang Theory on telly and who should make an appearance but Prof. Greene? Of course Sheldon piercingly asks him why he isn’t doing something useful with his life. Totally geeked out on that. And did you know that Mayim Bialik who plays the female version of Sheldon, Amy Farrah Fowler, is the same actress who played Blossom and actually has a PhD in neuroscience? How cool is that?