Ah, the surmountable shelf. How often do we hear about piles of books, great towers of literature looming over us? We buy, we place in the pile, and then we never get the time to read! With a bit of shifting, who needs Ikea? Make a dining room table out of the classics, or even prop up the television using various fantasy and crime novels.
However, the surmountable shelf is achievable! One glorious book at a time. Here, I'll recommend a good read that is easy to dip in and out of, but feel free to comment and make your own suggestions as well. The feature for this post is Ron Padgett'sAlone And Not Alone, an incredibly fun book to read. Ron's poetry reminds me of micropop, in the sense of its playfulness and sometimes childlike outlook. Don't be fooled though, Ron goes deep into philosophy and deep into himself, revealing the thoughts of a man facing his age. The poems are clever, easy to read, and most importantly, fun.
Possibly one of my favourite reads in recent years and has cheated its way to my all-time treasures list.