Family Resolution Tradition
On New Year’s morning my family gathers to write our resolutions for the next year. Each year we put our resolutions in our respective Christmas stockings, so we have pieces of paper from years past stashed in each one. My scraps usually list a particular weight I want to achieve by the next year, a weight I haven’t seen since the last century. This year I’ve given up dieting to get there and gone straight to begging the scale to lie. Annually, my husband writes that he wants to touch his toes, but his calf muscles have yet to comply. Nevertheless, we have fun looking at our successes and failures while contemplating what we’re going to work on for the coming year.
This year I’m going to include a literary resolution. I was reading the Saturday WSJ article about 2009 resolutions of the famous–nine people said they were going to write books, but only five of them were authors. So much talk about the end of the book while everyone is writing one. My 2009 literary resolution isn’t to write a book, that’s Claire’s job around here, my resolution resulted from a talk I heard about the future of book culture. One of the panelists, Andrew Tonkovich editor of the Santa Monica Review and host of a weekly literary arts program on KPFK in Los Angeles, declared that we all have to be emissaries to build a literary culture. To do so, he aggressively changes conversations to what people are reading and the ideas in those books. He is trying to elevate the level of conversation to ideas that come from both fiction and non-fiction. My resolution is to join his band of emissaries. Read the rest of this entry »