On impulse, I walked down to one of the used book stores in town (the one that has mainly paperbacks) and got myself a copy of E.M. Forster's Howards End. I didn't have anything in mind when I went to the store; I wanted something to jump out at me as something I'd like to begin RIGHT NOW. So, yes, I'm now in the middle of six books. With all the talk of Zadie's Smith's On Beauty, a rewriting of Howards End, I thought it would a good time to pick it up. Perhaps I'll take a look at the Smith book sometimes soon.