I couldn't help wondering whether Obama woke up, the morning after, thinking [with just a teensy tiny part of his brain]
"oh shit! what have i let myself in for!"
One of the things that struck me most from the coverage over here (no other US election has received such attention and interest in the UK) was the impact of his nomination, campaign and election on individuals. The change in their view of themselves and the world.
No doubt he'll be being hammered, in a few months time, for changes he is or isn't making to the Big Picture. Big Changes.
But little changes - in individual minds and hearts and expectations - are sometimes the biggest changes.
Change Two The Head of our section at work tried to appeal to Obama's election (ie. 'winds of change', new transparency & honesty blahblahblah ) as a platform for "inviting" changes in our working practices. Changes which are a clear attempt at more control and which conflict with our contracts and Union guidelines.
bleedin' nerve, eh?
an insult, I felt, both to us and to Obama.
My book club began this Autumn by reading Ian Rankin's Exit Music - the last in a best-selling crime series about Rebus, a world-weary Edinburgh policeman. I was rather disappointed and found it lacking in description and depth of characterisation - though some of the group liked it and suggested it was better read as the culmination of the series, rather than as a one off. But I did keep thinking "I could just as well be watching this on TV..."
Our second book was Lambs of God, by Marele Day - about 3 nuns, the last living members of a forgotten enclosed community on a remote (irish?) island, who have "gone native". They live in communion with the island and the sheep, knitting and telling stories and practicing a somewhat altered version of their faith according to the seasons and the moon... And then a priest arrives, thinking no-one left, with business/financial designs on the property...
I love this book, its funny and moving, wonderful use of language and full of smells and tastes and textures and stories.
These are two such different novels and I found it rather amusing that the book orders of the group had changed Amazon's settings.
Current purchasers are being told that "customers who bought Exit Music also bought Lambs of God".
I wonder if we will change anyone's reading habits?