The Site Should Be Reading does a lot of blog hops. I like to talk about books, so I thought I would take part in WWW Wednesday. The three ws don’t stand for World Wide Web, I think they stand for the Ws at the beginning of the word “What” on each of these questions.
1. What Are You Currently Reading?
At the moment I am reading The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism. (Did you know John the Baptist might have had dreadlocks? Something I learned from this book.)
2. What did you recently finish reading?
The Unreasonable Slug by Matt Cook.
Checked out from the library after I stumbled across this quote somewhere or other:
“People will continue to become excited
When the days grow longer in the springtime–
It’s the prospect of watching
Television during extended daylight.”
3. What do you think you’ll read next?
I am pretty impulsive and go by my mood when it comes to what I decided to read. But it might be:
Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy by Park Honan.
About Marlowe, from the New York Times review of the book:
This is all the more remarkable because Marlowe (1564-93), unlike Shakespeare, is not the writer to comfort an audience with a jolly evening in the theater. A contrarian of epic stature, he’s most often celebrated as an embodiment of rebellion in every form: a cynic about all received ideas of society and religion; almost certainly a homosexual; most likely a government spy; probably an atheist; possibly even a dabbler in the occult; and, to round off the list, a glorifier of violence who died in a tavern brawl. Much of the eyewitness testimony we have of Marlowe was supplied by people anxious to depict him, for their own petty reasons, as an evil influence: he is the man who supposedly said that Jesus’ mother was “dishonest” and that “all they that love not tobacco and boys are fools.” Among Renaissance bad-boy artists, he ranks in the top echelon, along with his equally notorious Italian contemporary, the painter Caravaggio.