So this year, I will pick a New Years resolution that I know I can keep, because I want to keep it. And also, because there is no work involved. Well, no work that isn't fun, I should say.
This upcoming year, 2011, I resolve to read the following books:
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- Life by Keith Richards
- Nothing Left to Burn by Jay Varner
- Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale by Russel T. Davies
- A History of Britain Vol I by Simon Sharma
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
So, to those of you who have trouble keeping your New Years resolutions, why don't you join me in my experiment. Come up with your own list of 12 books to read next year. Or vow to see a play or visit a different gallery every month. Go to 12 concerts of performers you've never heard of. Watch 12 foreign films or silent classics. And so on.
These may not exactly be "conventional" New Years resolutions, but art can improve and enrich our lives just as much as diet and exercise.