Cleaning and book day
Today I’m doing my laundry and cleaning, to restore order to myself and my surroundings.
I like to start the work week clean and orderly, so I can come home from work at night and relax.
Today I pulled out all of my books (the ones that are not in storage), dusted and rearranged them back on their shelves.
Except for “200 Years of Great American Short Stories,” Edited by Martha Foley and published in 1975.
What a treasure!
Fifty-four stories, starting with “A Pretty Story,” by Frances Hopkinson (1774) and ending with Leslie Silko’s “Yellow Woman”(1974).
I bought the book from eBay for one story, “Silent Snow, Secret Snow,” by
Conrad Aiken (1934), about a boy retreating into a catatonic state.
I’m such a child of the television age, because I learned about Aiken’s story by watching the television adaptation on The Twilight Zone in 1971.
Sorry, that’s Night Gallery, not The Twilight Zone.
The episode was narrated by Orson Welles, and I knew that I had to find a copy of Conrad Aiken’s story. I read the story years ago, thanks to my local public library, then remembered it a few years ago and bought Foley’s short story collection.
That’s all the rambling I can do for today folks, because I need to get back to my work.