day 8 i think and the banality of my bedside table

August 28, 2012

What does a bedside table say about someone? I think it must say something. If not in its whole at least via what’s on top. Mine has a digital alarm clock on top and a trivet my mom made and a lamp with a base that is a little bit too big for a table on the smallish side. There’s also an empty prescription bottle for some antibiotics I finished taking almost a month ago, a pencil holder that often is empty but currently has 4 pens, my reading glasses, a spray bottle which I use when the cats run in here at 5am and start fighting, my phone, and a box of matches that seem entirely out of place because I don’t have candles or incense, and I don’t smoke. There’s a pad of  large sticky notes that I use to write myself reminders, like “call Rachel,” as well as to jot down sentences or fragments of sentences I might use in a piece I’m working on, like “this is for your own good.”  There’s also a stack of books, made up of the following titles from the top down: About Alice by Calvin Trillin, Stories for Boys by Gregory Martin, Ting Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, a small spiral notebook with lyrics to some songs I wrote in 2001 and 2002, but that I currently used to work out multiple sentences or lines I thinking through for a piece, Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner, Transgender Warriors by Leslie Fienberg and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. This stack is clearly more aspirational than practical or realistic. I’ve not not read any of these books, except a few pages from About Alice and couple Dear Sugar letters and responses. Beside the book stack and on top of the trivet there’s the book that I’m actually reading. The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster.


3 responses to “day 8 i think and the banality of my bedside table”

  1. David Summitt says:

    Like – keep it up – love little insights into Lizdom.

  2. liz says:

    You are kind to say that David. I miss you, dude.

  3. Laura Callahan says:

    As I was reading this post in particular, it reminded me of Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes. Which ironically spun me in the direction of thinking of cards with Grandma. Large bowls of popcorn made by my parents, and homemade Hershey’s chocolate fudge. All while 60 Minutes played in the back ground as Andy Rooney would say something similar to “What does the bedside table say about someone?” 😉 Keep up the good work Liz! I can’t say I get out here every time you post something. But I definitely enjoy reading the times that I do. 🙂

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