READING NON-FICTION

For this reader, non-fiction usually seems to go slower than much fiction, although this past week I’ve been trying to read a best seller many of you loved. I find it very easy to put aside to read my current non-fiction books. After 150 pages of the fiction, I think I’ll put it aside for good.

Today’s post focuses on Non-fiction.

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Yes, I finished this classic. It is not an easy read.

It seemed like I was with Matthiessen and his sherpas on most days, climbing, climbing, climbing over the iced trails, clinging to a narrow ledge, the weather so cold that climbing was preferable to being burrowed in a sleeping bag in a thin tent. All this while subsisting on lentil soup and dry bread or some food that was totally unclear to me. Climbing, one observes scarce wild-life dominated by blue sheep and hopes to sight a Snow Leopard. I never want to be that cold and hungry again.

Sabbath As Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann

Walter Bruegggemann is a Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of dozens of books. But thanks to another Brueggemann fan, I have just discovered him. I am totally enthralled and expect to read another of his books straightaway. He is a famous theologian I had never heard of, but then I’m not always up on such matters. I hope to hear him speak here in the Detroit area in a few weeks.

The book is a fresh look at the restfulness of the Sabbath, keeping the Sabbath, resting, rather than multi-tasking. Reading this book I am convinced I am listening to God’s word as given to us from earliest times, yet completely relevant to my life today.

As with Pharaoh of the time of the Israelites in Egypt, I am so busy multi-tasking, focused on production that my anxiety grows even as I wish to escape it. The book also focuses on the commandment to love our neighbors. This is something we are having difficulty doing these days.

Keeping the Sabbath is freedom from the coercive expectations of our lives, freedom from the fear that makes us want to fence our world to keep others out rather than embracing our neighbors as God expects us to do. Our restlessness, our lack of rest, our constant drive to acquire things cuts us off from our neighbors, from compassion and justice. Brueggemann makes the way to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control seem clear.

Which of his books will I choose next? Many of his books are available from Amazon.

Egg Shop: The Cookbook by Nick Korbee

This book is filled with interesting reading about eggs and a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the recipes seem unusual and even strange. Let me search for some examples.

What I need to do is spend more time reading this book, because so far, not much is clear or understandable to this home cook. Mostly, my recent reading has focused on searching for a great, easy to prepare egg recipes. But, back to unusual examples instead of easy to prepare, “I want to eat it right away” egg preparations. It would be easier to do this with a better table of contents or listings of recipes in a section. The mass of info and lack of organization doesn’t support easy browsing.

Notice how I still haven’t given you examples. Are you up for Hollandaise, Microhuevos, Spicy Tea and Tamari Cured Soft-Boiled Egg, Tamagoyaki or Dashi. Yes, these dishes are explained, but the book is thick, hard to hold open, and the explanations complicated, needing ingredients not in my pantry, and I wouldn’t know where to obtain them. One more. Manchego and Jamon Eggs with Fried Guava Jelly. Does that sound better tasting than your usual scrambled eggs? The book is thick, 300 plus pages and unwieldy. Spanish and California dishes are prominent.

But if you are going to Brooklyn, or you’ve just moved to an apartment there, do search for the egg shop. The book? You decide.

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