I decided to add the "Library Thing" widget to my sidebar, which I freely admit to pilfering from Jessica's blog. Every so often I've toyed with the idea of blogging about the book I'm currently reading in order to demonstrate how eclectically hip I am, and since this is one of those rare instances when I'm not in the midst of a Asimov/Harry Potter/Tom Clancy book I thought this would be the perfect occasion.
I'm in the middle of The Amazing Story of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, and I have to confess that all I knew about him prior to reading this book was that his wife, Ayelet Waldman, got into some hot water a few years back for writing that she loved him more than their kids.
After spending some time with this book (which means little since I'm such a slow reader), I'm starting to develop an attachment to Chabon of my own. This is a great, great book. I don't really know what it is about, but it makes me feel proud. Proud to be an American, where anything is possible, where you can get off a boat with nothing in your pocket and build an empire, proud to be a Jew, Europe's purge of which led to the end of culture and enlightenment on that darkening continent, proud to have grown up as a scrawny New York kid who read and drew comic books.
This book seems to be about all of that, and maybe more. It's about the American Dream. And at this rate, I may actually finish it in less than six months!