November 24, 2015
I ♥ Chaucer
This week, a friend sent me a comic cut from The New Yorker. What was the theme? Yes. You guessed it! Chaucer!
I'm delighted, honestly, that other people are as interested in Chaucer as I am. For some reason, I continually trip over articles about staying relevant. Or no longer being relevant. Rants and raves and rending of one's hair. But look at Chaucer—more than 600 years later, and he's still going strong.
Yet, I believe we have reached the end of this section of the Bawdy Book Club. Several readers have let me know they've finished whichever version they were devouring. But have no fear. I would like to start a new book in the New Year, and I'm still pondering which title to suggest. (Open, definitely to your ideas.)
I have immensely enjoyed and deeply appreciated your participation in this very bizarre, completely disorganized book club. Researching is always a pleasurable trip to me. I feel that I learned more in our club than I might have in a more structured class. (I definitely had more fun!)
What I truly love is how inspiring The Canterbury Tales are to artists and writers and musicians. I read that Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales was meant as a musical Canterbury Tales. I've caught references fairly consistently since I started to carry the book around. The above quotation, I have seen multiple times but never realized it was from Chaucer. (Or, apparently, Hippocrates translated by Chaucer.)
Next week, I will plan to toss out ideas for our second selection.
Please stay tuned...