Trying to be nice, not right.

Good morning, Internet!  I started reading The Silver Linings Playbook and reached page 94.  I will attempt to post a photo, but you may have noticed my technological deficiencies, as the links I included yesterday to my cited web pages take you back to my blog page.  If you keep hitting the link over and over, hoping to get to those sites (as I did) you will find yourself sucked into a frustrating loop.  Don’t do that.  I’ll post them “old school” until I figure out what I’m doing.

Today’s title refers to the philosophy of the first person narrator in the Silver Linings Playbook.  He’s in his mid-thirties and recently rescued from a mental hospital by his mother.  His wife left him (or perhaps he killed her?) but he’s convinced he can get her back if he can learn to be nice, not right.  It’s clear she isn’t coming back–his mother removed all her pictures (they were “stolen” because the frames were “very valuable,” his mother tells him), and they never, ever speak of her.  He doesn’t reveal what caused his breakdown and four year commitment, but it must have been a doozy.  Matthew Quick does an excellent job of getting us into his character’s head and making us laugh, though absolutely nothing about the situation is funny.  It reminds me of another first person narrative that shouldn’t have worked but did:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden. That one’s a mystery narrated by a high functioning autistic man, and a great read.

Trying to be nice, not right, sounds like a pretty good philosophy, doesn’t it?  At least when it comes to the little things?  Probably an excellent rule of thumb when communicating with a spouse, certainly. Would our days not be gentler to endure if folks were trying to be nice, not right?  Less road rage…fewer horns blowing at those of us too slow to bolt through green lights the second they turn.    And we all think we’re right, don’t we?  Otherwise, we’d think something else…but, then we’d think we were right about that, too….

Meanwhile, the next book in our challenge is “A book that’s been on your TBR list way too long.”   A dear friend recommended Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel months  and months ago, said I needed to read it as soon as possible, and I didn’t.

By the way, the 2017 reading challenge can be found here:


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