i have three novels going, not one of them under 600 pages, all too heavy to take onto the bus, and only read in installments at bedtime. to have something to read in between, (and also because it's so discouraging not to be finishing any books,) i am filling up the daylight hours with children's books and maigret novels. the latter in particular is beginning, even at nights, to keep me from reading powers or perlman or barth. (i have just discovered inspector maigret through yvonne, and i shan't be able to rest easy until i finish the series - i'm compulsive like that, i've said before.) all this is by way of explaining why i've exceeded my "unimportant" books quota this month, she submits meekly.