Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Bourgeois Heroine, That's Me!

I'm far behind in my reading blog, but came across something the other day that I just have to share as it's so apropos of all the activities and itineraries I've listed in the past several posts. It's a brief passage from Eva Hoffman's Appassionata, which is turning out to be a very good recommendation indeed from someone whose recommendations I've learned to trust. It's about a concert pianist who is musing about her lifestyle at the beginning of a multi-staged concert tour:
She thinks of the stages she will have to cross before reaching the piano, the interviews she'll have to give, the dinners she's promised to attend. Bourgeois heroism is what Peter calls it, the acrobatics of being in so many places practically at once, and doing so many amazing things in one day, and then conversing over dinner with unflagging energy.(page 5, underlining mine)

Obviously, my itinerary and activities are neither as glamorous nor as important as the concert pianist's, but nonetheless I chortled at the wry label, imagining it appended to my "oh, my life is so tough, I had to go to a conference in Montreal, then I flew back to here, then I went to there, then I b-sat my granddaughter, then I . . . " However will I soldier on? Oh, I'll just muster up some of that bourgeois heroism. . .
Anyway, it struck my funny bone, and perhaps will strike yours. . . .

Meanwhile, since I've mentioned my reading blog, I'll tell you that while it's not at all caught up, I did post the other day in recognition of an old grad school friend and office mate winning one of the world's biggest Poetry Prizes -- which is Canada's own Griffin. Congratulations, Karen Solie! I'll happily recommend any of her three books of poetry to you: Short Haul Engine (short-listed for the Griffin a few years ago, and Modern and Normal, both published by Brick Books and the winner of the Griffin 2010, Pigeon, published by Anansi.