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Tourette’s Update

Hi all, a few of you lovely souls have been asking how I am. Specifically, how the Tourette’s has been. In a word, BLAH. It currently makes it hard to type, read, or do much that I want to do.  But it will pass, as it always does, and I’m still able to lift, which is still how I deal with just about everything.

I have managed to read a couple of books recently, though.

Night Falls Fast – Understanding Suicide by Kay Jamison. A beautiful and heartbreaking work. I picked it up while working as part of a suicide mitigation research team with an emphasis on jumpers. I’m adding this to my very short list of books I have enjoyed, despite their unbearable subjects. The Noonday Demon is also on the list. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier as well.

I also just read S, by JJ Abrams. Still processing it. Quite a trip. Anyone reading anything good?

And as always, thank you for your concern and support. You are appreciated. Onward.

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  • Sister Hilda Kleiman January 14, 2014, 8:33 pm

    Dear Josh,

    Prayers that you will feel better soon.

    I recently read Marion Roach’s The Memoir Project after reading about it on your blog. I also recently finished a very funny book on soccer by Chuck Culpepper entitled Bloody Confused: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seek Solace in English Soccer.

    Sister Hilda

  • Naomi January 15, 2014, 6:18 am

    I just finished reading your book and I thought it was great! I loved what you had to say about libraries – you’re my new library hero!

  • Jack M January 15, 2014, 7:26 am

    I’m reading Life after Life by Kate Atkinson – wonderful writing, and Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. – like a 50 year old nuclear bomb, and not for the faint of heart, but truly without peer.

  • Eric January 15, 2014, 8:08 am

    I saw JJ Abrams on Colbert promotnig S. It looked like something just perfect for a flight to Australia or the Antarctic.

    Currently reading: “Black Swan Green” by David Mitchell. Talk about heart break. His books always end with some incredibly revelatory scene allowing the protagonist a SERIOUS triumph. Except for Cloud Atlas. I did not like Cloud Atlas.

    In the queue: “Solo” a James Bond Novel, and “Easy Money” by Jens Lapidus. It was an excellent movie.

  • Gittel January 16, 2014, 7:32 pm

    You are an amazing person. I really really enjoyed your book. I very much related to your sincere struggle with religion. Although we come from very different religions…. the difficulties are similiar. I am from an orthodox jewish background. There is somethong very beautiful about spirituality and Gd… and without it i am like a fish oout of water…. but am i just kidding myself?
    I want to believe in a good loving Gd but its hard … when you look around at the world… someone once said to me, for all the bad that happens… there is so much good too… the good is overlooked… we are so used to it.
    Any how… good book i read. Me before you by JoJo Moyes. A real thought provoking topic and tear jerker…

  • spencer January 17, 2014, 4:09 pm

    Also reading S. Not sure what to make of it. I like the visual elements, and it is unique. But not sure how to compare it to other works of literature. Reminds me a little bit of the Nick Bantock “Morning Star” series, if you are familiar.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 17, 2014, 4:11 pm

      I keep hearing it compared to House of Leaves. That I’m not buying.

      • spencer January 17, 2014, 4:16 pm

        Just, just finished House of Leaves. Also not buying. Similar, I suppose, in the sense that there are extra-textual visual elements. But the story is completely different, the premise is completely different, the content is completely different, the writing and “feel” are completely, completely different. In Night Film, too, there are visual, “extra-textual” elements. Would not surprise me if there are references/comparisons there as well. Which I would also not buy.

  • spencer January 17, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Reading and very much enjoying “Night Film.” And Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship..” collection of short stories. About to launch into Saunders’ “In Persuasion Nation.”

    • Josh Hanagarne January 17, 2014, 5:07 pm

      I wish I enjoyed Munro more. Beautiful writing, but I get bored by most of it.

      • spencer January 17, 2014, 5:35 pm

        George Saunders mentioned her as one of his favorite writers the other night. I was surprised by that. Very different styles. Not my usual fare, but kind of refreshing for a change.

        • Josh Hanagarne January 17, 2014, 5:46 pm

          I understand why she’s revered. I’ve just always wished it pulled me in more.

  • Sue Black January 21, 2014, 1:03 am

    I wonder if you would have tics while scuba diving? Breathing being mandatory. Could try it in a pool… I just read your book- got it from the Denver Public Library. Finished it in one evening because it was so fascinating.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 21, 2014, 9:49 am

      Thanks Sue. I’m sure I’d be fine. I’m never really in danger from it, and I think I’d get so focused on diving that I’d forget. Anyway, I’m scared of the ocean, so that’s probably not going to happen either way!

  • Sialia January 29, 2014, 10:32 am

    1. _The World’s Strongest Librarian_, which rocked my world, and I’ll tell you about why sometime. Later. I’m not ready yet. But it sent me here today to tell you about the next two.

    2. _Chi Running_ by Danny Dreyer which gave me my equivalent to your lifting. I don’t run fast and I don’t run well, but it gave me back part of the joy of my body I thought I’d lost, and taught me about breathing, and some ergonomic posture things that made an enormous difference. I’m not sure my running will ever be Chi Running, but the techniques worked for nearly everything else I do, so it’s all good. If you haven’t read this yet, I think you might want to. (Incidentally it lead me to the _Total Immersion Swimming_ website, which was also great for me.)

    3. _Don’t Shoot the Dog_ by Karen Pryor. This is such a wonderful book on behavioral modification, I can’t begin to describe. Not only is it helpful, but also a fine entertaining read. And it helps me understand why/how some of what you do for yourself with the lifting & breathing works for you: small increments & positive reward focus moving towards a goal. So I thought you would want this one, too.

    Thank you so much for putting down your story in words. It matters to me very much that you shared so much so honestly, and in such a beautiful way. It really helps.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 29, 2014, 11:17 am

      Thank you Sialia, for the comment and the recommendations. So glad you enjoyed the book.