At 6am, my alarm clock went off and the first thing that the radio DJ said was “It’s too bad to hear about David Bowie, dead at 69.” Then “Let’s Dance” started to play and I shut off the alarm clock. It was still dark out and I was a little confused. I went into the kitchen and researched it. It was true. I’m not a big David Bowie fan, myself, so I was a little surprised at how moved I am about his death. I think that everyone is a fan of his whether or not you know it because he was so…everywhere. I can’t believe that he released an album on Friday and died on Sunday. Someone on Twitter said something along the lines of “Of all of the people who have lived on planet Earth, just think about the fact that you were alive when David Bowie was.” Interesting thought and it made me cry a little.
I also finished reading Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House today. I don’t say this often, but I was really disturbed by this book. Maybe “disturbed” isn’t the word. “Fascinated”, “intrigued”, “scared”, “moved”, I don’t know, it was just a great book. I think I’m going to be affected by it for a long time. Shirley Jackson was a helluva writer and is emerging as one of my all-time favorites. I don’t think that anyone really writes like her. I read some reviews immediately after finishing and mostly everyone felt the same way I did but there were some people who really didn’t like her style. I can see what they’re saying because it’s disorienting. But it’s so uniquely her own voice and cuts out all the bullshit fluff that you’d ordinarily read. In a way, I don’t even know what I just read. I will definitely be reading this book again; maybe next year. The whole time I was reading this book, I had a sense that I had just missed something. I kept flipping back the (digital) pages to re-read passages to look for clues. In a way, I was looking over my shoulder. There is one scene in particular that I can’t talk about because Kristyn hasn’t read it yet but it’s weird because it seems like an obvious gag once you know what was happening but when it is, she just sweeps you along in fear alongside the characters. I don’t know, this book was so weird and good. God, I can’t talk about this book properly without Kristyn having read it but it’s going to be hard to get into something else after having read that.
I want to read these next and then everything else she’s ever written. The only thing is, so far, Life Among the Savages is really funny. It was weird to have started reading that after We Have Always Lived in the Castle and it will be really weird to go back to reading it after The Haunting of Hill House.