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I’m Seeking To Redefine Texas Manhood By Reading Foreign Novels In Public

I’m seeking to redefine Texas manhood by reading foreign novels in public. If you see a guy in Houston reading a book outside—That’s me.

I feel that when people see how confidently, and even brazenly, I turn the pages,  what I’m doing will sweep Texas. Public reading of foreign novels and being a man in Texas will become one in the same.

Here are some of my recent conquests–

I’ve read Malgudi Days by R.K Narayan. This is an account of a fictional village in India.

I’ve read We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. This is a Russian novel said to have been the model for George Orwell’s 1984. The story is about the terrors of a futuristic highly collectivized society.

In Texas we know that an absence of society and collective goals causes hardship as well.

At the moment, I’m reading Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone. This is about Italian life in the time of Mussolini.

I will continue this public reading until I see a change towards books and away from trucks and football.   

Or, since I am reasonable, I would also be quite content with a Texas that embraces trucks, football and books.  

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Books, Texas | 8 Comments