Over at the Aqueduct Press blog I have an article about the stand-out books I read in 2014. I start the article by talking about how the imagination, experience and intent of the writer, and the reader’s own context and desires form a separate little world, a bubble universe for the duration of the reading experience. Each reader therefore creates a different, unique world during his or her interaction with the book. Sometimes these worlds leak into our everyday existence, so that the books reverberate through our daily lives. Our inner selves are shifted subtly. Who knows – small shifts in the moment might well lead to large changes in the long term. My own life has been changed by many things, and books are among them.
In the article I wrote about a dozen or so remarkable books. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish one of the books I had hoped to include in 2014, because I was already way past the deadline for the article. So I want to mention something about it here.
I’m talking about Sherman Alexie’s short story collection, Blasphemy. I saw it staring at me in the library; I had heard of Alexie but had never read him. With a title like Blasphemy, how could I resist?