Though some of the others were of interest, especially the title essay, the ones about literature were the ones I most enjoyed reading.
I just wasn't ready to read A Suitable Boy then. It must be about seven years since you read it. It was a year or half year project as I recall.
I am trying to figure out what I want haiku to be. Honestly, most haiku, even the Japanese classics, don't do much for me. But something about the form appeals to me. I don't know. I want an image that suggests something more. Do you have some favorite haiku? I'd be glad to read any you wrote. I can share some too. I think one of the things I like about haiku is a certain social aspect to it, the idea that haiku poets got together and composed. I got this idea, I suppose from Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North, one of the books I'm most grateful to The New Lifetime Reading Plan for recommending. I have been exchanging haiku with a friend but I wish he'd take it a bit more seriously, not too seriously, but.... I wrote this haiku which is not really true:
old friend stops
by for a night of whisky
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