by Jeanette Winterson

I’m not an expert on the details and specifics of time travel, and unfortunately, Tanglewreck expected me to be. Although the main character was an 11 year old girl who struggled with the explanations given about how and why there were disturbances in Time, it seemed that Winterson felt her readers should easily grasp the convoluted scientific jargon. I didn’t. I felt dumb. And reading a children’s book should not make you feel dumb.

That wasn’t my only complaint. Silver, the book’s heroine, and the other main characters, weren’t sufficiently developed during the book to make me sympathize with them or even really hate the bad guys. Tanglewreck had an interesting premise, but I never got the impression that the author had put enough thought into the story; the title seemed insignificant, because Winterson failed to emphasize its importance.

If nothing else, Tanglewreck boosts my total number of pages read for the year, but I didn’t get much else out of it.


Social Psychology

As an activity for the class I’m doing through independent study right now, I was supposed to write 20 “I Am” statements. Here they are.

I am unwilling to see the world in black and white.
I am taller than ever before.
I am the fourth of five, but somehow in the middle.
I am expectant.
I am afraid of the dark.
I am more traditional than I thought possible.
I am determined to read over 12,000 pages this year.
I am taking the LSAT in December.
I am not going to apply to law school.
I am amazingly good at Sudoku.
I am dreading being stretched any further.
I am happiest when the kitchen is clean.
I am convinced that lizards and rats make the best pets.
I am not keen on spiders.
I am going to save the world someday.
I am better in writing than in person.
I am procrastinating.
I am both gullible and skeptical.
I am never tidy.
I am an amalgamation of others’ personalities.