A: Before D gets going on his origin story –
D: Of course you would interrupt my glory.
A: I’m not interrupting. This is an addendum to yesterday’s origin story post.
D: Oh, sure.
A: Oi, Druid – you get 2/3 of this 3-part origin story! Besides, I think the germ of you may be among the books I decided I could not live without.
D: Yeah, well, just don’t take too long. Can you do that, A? Can you strive for brevity?
A: . . . (sigh).
Okay, so Melissa Janda asked yesterday which 30 books I absolutely had to bring to Ireland. Since I took a picture of those books (don’t ask. I love books. I just. . . don’t ask), I was able to recreate some of the list. Frankly, I think there were more than 30, but these are what I could (sort of) see in the picture and recall from what was stashed in my room.
In no particular order:
- “I’d just as soon kiss a Wookie” Quotable Star Wars
- The Jesus Incident
- The Lazarus Effect
- The Ascension Factor
- Absalom, Absalom
- The Russian Revolution
- The History of Ireland
- The History of Costume & Fashion
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Gone with the Wind
- Mists of Avalon
- The Last of the Savages
- The Prince, Machiavelli
- The Gratitude of Kings
- Unnatural Exposure
- The Stranger
- Heart of Darkness
- King Lear
- Ireland, A Graphic History
- The Folklore of Ireland
- Medicine Man, Shaman (Something – too small to read)
- Anne of Green Gables
- Emily of New Moon
- The Witching Hour
- The Feast of All Saints
- Cry to Heaven
- The Barbarian Conversion
Not all of these books were read, mind. I had been given The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity as a graduation gift, and it sat on that shelf, looking pretty, for a few years.
Eventually, it became my bible – and inspiration when I was writing about the lives of a clan of Picts and the convergence of religious and political strife. I never knew about the Celtic monastic resistance to Rome (Oh, that’s why St. Patrick was sent back to Ireland? To bring the de-centralized monasteries to heel – those same monasteries that had maintained Christianity and the shreds of civilization while various invasions swept across England and mainland Europe? Huh.)
D: Nice rant, A. I could have told you that.
A: I think you did – someone whispered it in my ear and said “This – this is the world I came from. Write me.”
D: Which we will delve deeper into when A lets me write my origin story.
A: Indeed – enjoy your day, folks, and thanks for reading!