Books were my main form of
therapy and escape growing up. In fact, my mom (who rarely
placed any restrictions on us) GROUNDED me from reading, insisting
I needed to "go outside and play". At the time I thought
she was being unduly cruel.
I like a lot of books, including nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica,
and good old fashioned fiction. I often have to avoid reading nonfiction
because I get so amped up and reflective that it's hard for me to
relax and not want to work or write.
I'm not a book snob; I think Stephen King and Jackie Collins have
written some fucking brilliant books (and also some complete SHIT).
I enjoy reading books on Oprah's book list and then ranting about
how pornographic they are, railing against housewives and mothers
who are anti-porn yet litter their living rooms with socially-acceptible
tragedy-smut like Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
It's not the books I have a problem with, it's the bizarre double-standard
women have regarding the pictureless porn of the books they enjoy
and the image-heavy porn they oppose.
If I ever get rich I want to have a special room in my dream house:
the BookWormHole. I envision it being a small, cozy, space-age cave-like
room with rounded walls and a futuristic feeling that I can burrow
into and be transported by while reading. It's a soundproof room,
and there's a splendid little system to enjoy music, white noise
or guided meditations. With a simple adjustment to the lighting
scheme and various peripherals, the BookWormHole becomes the interior
of a tiny spacecraft with programmable visuals simulating flights
through different imaginary solar systems and, OF COURSE, wormholes
(though I'm not sure travel through a wormhole is technically
referred to as "flight", but I digress)! Maybe there's
a vibrating captain's chair in there, too! And speaking of vibrating
chairs . . .
I debated whether or not I should post this particular fantasy
fearing that it's so nerdy it might turn off potential members,
but then I decided that anyone who reads the last paragraph of the
"favorite books" page on a porn site is probably someone
who will think the idea of a BookWormhole is pretty fucking awesome!!!