Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.
The book: I have made a resolution to read at least one nonfiction book a month, as I don’t do read nearly enough now and I want to branch out. So I thought I’d start with one of Anais Nin‘s diaries. I have the first volume in my possession already, but I thought it might be better to start with her childhood diaries and move up from there.
Linotte is that diary, written 1914-1920. I’m about 100 pages in and just got to 1916, and the thing I’m struck most by is how different we are. Anais of the 1910s is utterly set in her ways. She’s very Catholic, very religious, very patriotic, doesn’t believe in divorce, hates New York and everything modern, and is constantly melancholic. I’m the exact opposite!
It’s pretty tough to read such a thing, when two people are so different and can’t find any common ground, but I do like the way she’s journals and from what I’ve read online I think she changes a bit (though her 12 year old self is sure she won’t ever change). Also, I find it fascinating how sure of herself she is. I’m constantly changing my mind and worrying about what to do (just the list of proposed vocations over the years would be enough to paper a bathroom), but Anais is extremely stolid. And she’d probably say I have a weak brain because I can’t stick to one thing only.
It’s funny how old-fashioned she is, too, and how patriotic she is. National fervor in an 11 year old is always surprising, I think. I’m going to keep reading.
The tea: I’ve been trying to find a good combination of milk/sugar for my red bush tea, but I haven’t hit on it yet. I think two spoonfuls of sugar and no milk is the closest I’ve come to yet.
Do they go together? Not really. Red bush tea is very old (at least I think it is), and so that’d go with Anais’ old-fashionedness. But for some reason the flavors don’t go together.
What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?