One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I cannot get into One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Every time I think of it I think I am reading Hocus Pocus, which I am not. For the longest time they sat next to one another on the book shelf. And the versions I have are similarly colored and font type is similar. I think I read them both for the same class. Whatever. I am not getting into it.


  1. Do I stick it out? I am only about 50 pages in.
  2. Do I put it back on the shelf and rent the movie, I mean I have read skimmed it before.
  3. Do I set it aside and come back to it after I have hallucinogenic drugs available. Damnit, thinking of Hocus Pocus again.

Help me.

Denver hosts an annual book club of sorts, Thin Man is this year’s choice. Our local NPR station (is it NPR if it’s a local station?) has been broadcasting it as a radio drama. Maybe I want to read that? I read Maltese Falcon, so I’m not entirely unfamiliar with the genre.

I just remembered, I tried reading Sin in the Second City and put it down too. Gah. Can I not concentrate? I am blaming the election. I will get my brain back after the election. Unless McCain is elected. Then I won’t have time for leisure reading. I’ll be too busy packing my house to move to Canada.

Honestly? I feel like anything serious or thoughtful or meaningful will be lost on me currently. So, maybe David Sedaris like Pamela suggested in July?

7 smart people left their mark:

  1. Halimah, 2. November 2008, 6:48

    If you stick it out, I’ll blow the dust off “Anna Karenina” and try getting through that one for the umpteenth time. Of course Tolstoy is sitting next to Sedaris on my bookshelf. So I might have a problem too. I actually was thinking of taking “Ulysses” out of the library; you know so I could impress people. But then I realized I have nobody left to!

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  2. melissaz, 2. November 2008, 6:50

    The new Sedaris is pretty good. I can’t think of anything serious right now because I’m not in that frame either. I just read the “Post Birthday Club” and that was really enjoyable.

    You could always go through the Magic Tree House series. (I see that’s on your Shelfari.) :)

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  3. Pamela, 2. November 2008, 13:25

    If it sucks, put it down.

    That’s my motto for everything except babies.

    And of COURSE you should take that Pamela’s advice. I hear she’s brilliant.

    Pamelas last blog post..because i have nothing else to do

  4. Abbey, 3. November 2008, 16:00

    Hmmm…it’s a tough call on whether or not to put it down. Maybe you should…sometimes when I put a book down because I’m not completely into it, I will start thinking about it later and pick it back up.

    I have to say, I had NO idea that The Thin Man is a book. Those movies are some of my very, very, very favorites!! I just hope that the book is nearly as witty as the movies. You should totally read that one!

    I actually have Sin and the Second City sitting in my “To Read” pile. Seems interesting enough…not sure if I’ll get into it enough to actually read the whole thing. We’ll see.

    And, yeah, maybe if you can’t really concentrate on a book, you should just put off the “meaningful” ones. Because you really do need all of your brain to truly appreciate them.

  5. shauna, 3. November 2008, 16:26

    I say go with the David Sedaris. Anything by him is greatness. I especially like his latest book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

    I actually have a kind of crush on him. Yes, I have a crush on a small, gay man who wears way too many sweater vests and is a recovering smoker. There, I said it.

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  6. Lynn, 3. November 2008, 18:10

    If you by chance want to read Edgar Sawtelle, don’t listen to Oprah… read the book jacket.

    It would be like reading Hamlet.

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  7. GP, 4. November 2008, 12:48

    Well, having read the book twice and seen the movie probably 3 times I would say stick it out. The film is absolutely awesome however the ending doesn’t quite stay on target with the book. So your choice whether you might wanna just watch the film and enjoy a young Jack do his thang.

    As for NPR, I believe it’s your local AFFILIATE of NPR.

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