Janine Macris’s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Janine Macris, and I have lived in Evanston for a very long time.  I appreciate its love of trees and the arts and its community, and I have spent many hours at the Evanston Public Library, even before I could read.  I teach children, including my own, through my love of the power of words, and my husband builds me furniture and I love it.  We read every night and it’s a great gift.

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1)  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

It took me years to finally make it beyond a few chapters in this book. I had never been able to get past my college life’s raw imagining of the Running of the Bulls, but once my professor helped frame this feminist reflection of a woman traveling along and craving companionship with a friend filled with the same strain, I re-sought existentialism as a crisis amid hope.  It was through this read that I saw Hemingway’s infamous short-and-sweet style being as transient as his characters’ lives.  I finally understood his talent for code-switching symbolic gestures in a rebellion to be free.  From there Hemingway’s door opened for me, and I felt accomplished and proud to get to the root of time’s angular woven ways.

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National Poetry Month: April 24th (Happy TV Tune Out Week!)

Television by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.

Unpublished Work of Roald Dahl’s Found

Almost 30 years ago two men bought a story from Roald Dahl for $200.00 in the interest of collecting work by famous people that they could develop into story starters for children. It never was completed and now “The Eyes of Mr. Croaker” is being auctioned on Ebay. Dahl died 20 years ago and is known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among many others.

Shira