What I Did Instead of Reading The Luminaries

I really tried to get into The Luminaries. It’s exquisitely written. It won the Man Booker Prize. Everyone is raving about it. I gave it an hour and I gave up. But let me say, if this is your thing, it’s going to be really your thing. Someone’s going to open it up and, from the first page, be like “Oh, holy shit! This is extraordinary!” but I, from the first page, was like “Why is this taking so long?”

So, instead, I finished the clean-up on Ben & Sue and sent it off to a writer who asked to see it. I read through my encyclopedia entries one more time and sent them off to the mayor’s office. And I sent two short stories off into the world to see if someone might want to publish them. And I caught up on old gossip and hung out with the dog.

Except for needing to get to the metro archives about these Nashville slaves to see if there’s enough information to write anything more than “And there they were.” I believe I have done all I can on everything in my life and all those balls are now in other people’s courts.


2 thoughts on “What I Did Instead of Reading The Luminaries

  1. Do they have the early 19th c deed books and civil court records at the Metro archives? Or are those housed in the county courthouse? In my experience, that’s where the action is on slaves who aren’t supposed to be there.

  2. the only reason I have any knowledge that anyone in my entire ancestry owned slaves is money: when my great blah blah grandfather who owned two slaves died, his wife inherited them & had to pay taxes on them. She signed her name with an “x”. In other words, follow the money.

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