Still kicking!

Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. as depicted on the co...

Like Upton Sinclair, there’s life in me yet! (I envision him saying in a saucy gangster voice “Put ’em up!”) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, it’s been a long blog outage—this is two parts needing to recharge batteries, two parts a slow novel (Upton Sinclair, I thought there would be more terrifying slaughterhouse scenes?), four parts unexpected baby on the way, and probably a mystery ingredient or two I haven’t identified.  Anyway, I got a little nudge today from one of my few faithful readers (thanks, Donna!) saying they miss the output here at FP, and I’m inclined to agree: I miss it too!  I don’t know yet how to fit this routine into the new routines in my life, since I’ll be adding (what I hope will be) a relatively engaged fatherhood to an already semi-busy life as an academic who hears the tenure clock ticking in the background (so far I’m publishing enough that perishing doesn’t sound too likely), but I have a long way to go and by golly I’m going to get there.  There are a ton of novels I’m looking forward to reading—just today I picked up a book and then thought “wait! it’s a Pulitzer novel! put that down and go find Dragon’s Teeth, wherever the heck it is, and you’ll get to this one eventually”—and step by step I’ll get there.  I can try to ennoble this as some larger message I want to give my future daughter about determination and finishing what one starts, etc., but really what it comes down to is I’m a bit stubborn and also just pleased enough with the best bits of the blog that I’d like to see if I can out-do them.  So, anyhow, I remain alive and committed to getting FP back off the ground here sooner or later, so keep your eyes open for a little poetry or a bit of me whining about the Pulitzer board’s taste in the 1940s.  Until then, happy reading!


18 comments on “Still kicking!

  1. Camilla P. says:

    I’m really glad you’re gonna publish new posts; I was missing them, too 🙂

    Congratulations for your baby girl!

  2. SilverSeason says:

    Yes, congratulations! (I was a baby girl once.)

    I’m looking forward to more posts. Sometimes when I read a Pulitzer author I find myself thinking, what would FP say about that one.

    • jwrosenzweig says:

      I’m pleased to know I continue to rate so highly, Nancy. 🙂 Which Pulitzer authors have you picked up recently?

      • SilverSeason says:

        I have been reading Pulitzer authors, but not their books that won the prize. Inspired by The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, I finally read O Pioneers! and loved it. You did not love One of Ours (and I still haven’t read it), but there are many interesting comments about it in the letters.

        Then I read The Marriage Plot by Engenides and found it not a good as Middlesex.

        Currently I am reading Roth’s The Human Stain. Roth is like Trollope. I read one of his books every year or so. Not sure whether I will exhaust the backlist of either one before my reading days are over.

        • jwrosenzweig says:

          I didn’t love One of Ours but (as I thought at the time, and may have said) I definitely saw Cather’s talent and fully intend to read other novels of hers—O Pioneers! is constantly recommended to me and definitely on my list for the future. 🙂 Eugenides I have never read yet, and may not for another decade or two unless I can pick up my pace! Roth and Trollope are also unknowns to me—in terms of reading their books, of course, since I do recognize the names well—Roth obviously will get an FP tryout, and I’ll assume from your comment that Trollope should be added to my non-FP list. Is there a good Trollope to start with? Barchester Towers maybe?

  3. Nerija S. says:

    Blogging breaks are totally understandable, especially when you have such a busy time ahead as it is! Congrats on the baby girl! What’s her name? Can we see some pictures? (don’t mind me, I’m slightly baby-crazy…at the place where I work I sometimes tell parents who bring their babies in that I’m the “Self-appointed Official Baby Admirer” and that I must therefore take a moment to admire this baby. I’m sure it’s not at all weird or creepy, right? …Right?)

    Anyway, where was I? Oh yes — take all the time you need, and we’ll look forward to seeing your thoughts on Sinclair when you’re ready!

    • jwrosenzweig says:

      Nerija—I was probably not specific enough, since we still have 12-13 weeks to go before there are any non-ultrasound pictures to post. 🙂 The name we’ve selected is a semi-obscure Welsh name, Clarewynn, although we seem already to use Clare as her nickname almost exclusively. Nothing wrong with a little baby admiration, in my opinion. 🙂 There will be an update (and an adorable photo, I’ve no doubt) when the time comes, and in the meantime hopefully I can make some progress with Sinclair!

  4. Sly Wit says:

    Good to see you back!

  5. Mabel says:

    Congrats on the little one! 🙂

  6. Donna says:

    Really glad to see you back. You’re getting to some of the books I’ve read and I’m looking forward to your reviews. I hope impending fatherhood brings you much happiness. Start reading to her right away!

    • jwrosenzweig says:

      Thanks, Donna! The reading aloud plan will, fortunately, be easy enough in this house, since I’ve been reading aloud to my wife since we started dating 13 years ago. 🙂 It’s certainly high on the list of things I’m looking forward to doing for my little girl!

      • Donna says:

        I bet your wife doesn’t want the same book read over and over again. Let us know when you are tired of Goodnight Moon. LOL And now you’ll get to do funny voices and rhythms. You can’t read a train book without eventually getting into that choo-choo-choo rhythym. And you’ll get your fill of princesses too. Be sure to check out the new Jane Austen baby board books. Best wishes for a safe delivery. Let us know if you need any recommendations.

        Donna (mother of three young adults who remembers with pleasure her reading aloud years)

  7. SilverSeason says:

    This is a reply to your last comment on my last comment. Then we should both stop.
    The Pulitzer books by Eugenides and Roth are both good places to start with those authors. Except maybe Goodbye Columbus by Roth which is short and not very typical and just plain fun. I come from Ohio so I know about Columbus.
    For Trollope start with The Warden. It is the short lead-in novel for Barchester Towers.

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