Pain management certainly takes a lot of time & energy. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been navigating a fractured, infected tooth, which felt like a knife in my jaw, and a subsequent root canal-turned-ugly-tooth extraction. The dentist said the poor thing was too far gone to save and had to be broken apart to be pulled out.
Now, I’m a reasonably good tooth caretaker, so I tried to ask (mouth stuffed with cotton) what went wrong. Her official diagnosis: “Sometimes shit happens.”
I’m healing, finally eating more than mush, but while I was blotto I did a LOT of reading. (When I was too whacked to read, I binge-watched the old BBC series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency based on Douglas Adams’s novels. That version is much cozier–well-suited for the recuperating–than the stranger, more violent, more recent BBC America series with the same name, which I’m watching now.)
So here’s a list of some of the books I plowed through, with some short reviews (click the links to get the full monty). I’m working on some longer reviews and other projects and hope to have those ready to post soon.