Monday, October 10, 2011

My life is populated by books

I've been in a bit of a muddle recently. I had a tonsillectomy just over two weeks ago (hence the sporadic updates), and now deadlines are flying in left, right and centre and I haven't got a clue where I left off with my work. And then there's the books. I have books and articles in piles around my room, and I'm not exactly sure what to do with them all. They seem to be breeding.

My reading of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns has been put on postpone for the time being. So far it's a fantastic book, and I thoroughly recommend it if you want to learn about the conflict in the DR Congo and the social and political reasons behind it. One of the reasons why I started this blog was to write up about my research in the DR Congo partly from my reading and partly from my experience as a delegate of the country for a model United Nations conference back in January. I plan to write up a mini-exposé-style feature by the end of this year.

In the meantime I've been brushing up on my military history in a frantic rush to produce an essay on Haig, the deadline for which is Saturday! So in preparation I'm quickly reading Gary Sheffield's excellent The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army, a biography that is absolutely devoted to unravelling the myths and controversy surrounding Haig to develop a far more accurate account on this historic figure. Maybe expect a review on the book or a feature on Haig in the near future (no promises!).

To top my weekend off, I've got to try and finish some literature essays on Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Süskind), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Márquez) and Oedipus Rex (Sophocles), all of which are brilliant but I'm getting sick and tired of analysing all the time. Once I put these titles to rest, I doubt I'll be picking them back up in a long time. And don't get me started on Markus Zusak's The Book Thief... It's safe to say that I won't be writing blog posts on these four lovely books any time soon.

So, with everything going on at the moment I doubt I'll ever find time to write my Hitchcock article that's been sitting around in various forms of drafts on my computer. However, do expect an article on Hajj and Eid al-Adha in November, and maybe a post on my upcoming trip to Jordan. I don't have a clue what we're going to be doing there (I have a vague idea we're staying near the Dead Sea) but I'm dead excited!

Better luck next time.

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