Intro for January 22, 2015
Have you read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins yet? Are you reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins? It’s the hot book of the season. It’s the most disciplined I’ve had to be about a book in a long time. And it’s so f-cking hard to be disciplined about this book. To only take it 20 pages or so at once because the rest of life won’t leave me alone.
Since I’ve not finished, I can’t tell you what I think of it. But I can tell you that I can understand why everyone’s talking about it. So far, the pacing is brilliant. It’s commercial fiction at its best. And this is saying something because you’re in the head of a person who is a mess, you could say an intolerable mess. Still, Hawkins lures you along.
That’s what it is, isn’t it? A luring?
Great writing is a lure, sometimes a terrible one. A siren to your Odysseus. Feels that way sometimes, non? When you finish the last page at 4am and have 8 meetings and two deadlines to deliver the next day?
So if you haven’t started it yet, maybe wait until the weekend.
Yours in gossip,