It feels like a really busy week to me, but that’s mostly because I’m trying to get a lot of riding in. The weather is finally warming up a bit, the snow from last weekend’s snow storm is melting, and I’m trying to ride as much as I possibly can. Last weekend’s race got cancelled because of the snow, which is why you have no race report. I can, however, link to the blog of the guy who runs the Spring races I ride in. His name’s Aki, over at Sprinter della Casa; if you do jump over there (and this is totally self-indulgent of me — I don’t blame you if you ignore it), you’ll find a race video shot from Aki’s helmet. If you watch it you can get a taste of what it’s like to ride in a race, and you can see the actual course I ride on (yippee, right?). He’s not riding in my race, or the Hobgoblin’s, so you won’t see us, although that would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? Or maybe not, if I look like a dork out there, which is entirely possible.
And now I have just the tiniest bit of book chat before I close up the computer and start reading for the evening. First of all, my copy of the Edith Grossman translation of Don Quixote has arrived, and I love the way the book looks. There’s the cool cover, of course:
And then there’s the way the book feels in my hand, heavy and solid, but soft and flexible too, so that it will easily lie flat. It’s got those rough uneven edges I like, and the print isn’t tiny. I’ve discovered that it’s important to me not to read a book with tiny print. Maybe I’m a bit superficial about this, but I find it discouraging to feel like I’m reading and reading and reading just to get to the bottom of one page. Reading Proust would be an entirely different experience if I had an edition with tiny print. I’m so grateful for the six not overly-large volumes of Proust I’ve got with pages that don’t go on forever.
I’ve got the Don Quixote blog on my mind; by the beginning of May, I’ll have it set up, and we decided it will be called Tilting at Windmills. Do let me know if you want to join in the group reading — I posted on it here.
And two other reminders. If you’d like to read Jane Austen’s short novel Lady Susan with the Slaves of Golconda, you’ve got until March 31st; it’s very short, so there’s plenty of time to join in. And, let me know if you’d like your name entered in a drawing for Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, which I’m giving away to celebrate my first year of blogging. Leave a comment over here if you are interested. By the way, I have absolutely no problem mailing the book overseas. I do it all the time for Book Mooch, and other bloggers have generously done it for me. So don’t let geography keep you from participating!