Mr. Pickwick, you are a *wag*
Btw - his Beartown series is a really powerful set of books of life in a small town(in Sweden), rape, and hockey...among other things.
I'm currently enjoying The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, but I am curious if you've read Piranesi, another book I recently enjoyed, and if so what you thought of it?
Having enjoyed your music for years, it warms my heart that you give Bleak House top marks. That book and The King is Dead defined a very specific time in my later teenage years. 🥲 Currently I am just barely between a second reading of Braiding Sweetgrass and a first reading of Pema Chödrön’s The Places That Scare You.
Just about to finish Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi. A deja-veiled novel that follows a mute girl's childhood, as remembered through a whirlwind of dazzlingly detailed jump-cut vignettes. It's perfect, funny and devastating.
Just finished Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Amazed I never read him before and thrilled to find out just as I finished that he has a new book coming out in Feb. Love to hear you're reading Joyce.. just picked up Finnegans Wake over the holidays (at Powell's while visiting Portland!)... a little nervous as it's supposed to be a difficult read...good to know Dubliners is recommended if I can't make it through Finnegans Wake! Thanks for the Thrust recommendation too.. definitely adding that to my list. Appreciate your reading room!!
I'm ALMOST finished with Thandiwe Newton's wonderful audio narration of "War and Peace." I'm still interested, and glad I've invested the time. For hard-copy reading, I'm halfway through "Solito" Javier Zamora's memoir of traveling from El Salvador to the US as an unaccompanied 9-year-old.
I'm currently finishing Water A Natural History by Alice Outwater, "a story that none of us who hope to live on this planet can afford to miss." Starting to read Empire of Pain, The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe and Late Migrations, A natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl. Her reflections on the beauty and cruelty of the natural world and the love and loss we experience in life are poetic.
Ah, I did Lydia’s event for Thrust with her in SF, and it was so incredibly delightful. We felt on the same vibe. Presently I’ve just begun to read Women Talking—I opted out of a friend trip to the cinema because I think the movie will be Too Much for my brain right now—and it’s not what I expected at all. In terms of Miriam Toews, I’ve read All My Puny Sorrows and that’s it. And I’m presently writing the prospectus for the third big revision of my novel. That feels like reading a book, too.
Thanks to the mentions here in Machine Shop, I am finally reading The Once and Future King. As an English teacher, I taught Arthurian legend for many years in a Mythology class, so this retelling is particularly enjoyable. I can't believe I never read it before.
I’m lowbrow lately and currently reading Bob Dylan’s “The Philosophy of Modern Song” and a book about the 2015-2016 Chicago Cubs called “Cubs Way” by Tom Verducci. I did recently finish “Visions of Cody” by Jack Kerouac!
Recently discovered Rachel Kushner,
I’ve read The Mars Room and I’m now on Telex From Cuba with The Flamethrowers to follow.
If you haven’t yet read her your missing out!
Jack London. Wild Fang. It and Huckleberry Finn were the two first adult books I read. So, I thought I’d go back and read Jack . I’ve got the books you recommended, now just need to read them As always, thank you .
Currently listening to Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman...in part because I loved his book A Man Called Ove and was annoyed that the movie machine in Hollywood has adapted the movie (no judgement yet on the quality of the adaptation) but had to change the protagonists name to Otto. 😡
I had to read Dubliners in high school (early 90s) - I don’t remember anything about it. I may have to find if I still have it somewhere and have a look again.
I started into Narcissus and Goldmund for my fist re-read since I was a teenager—which was a while ago now. The book really resonated with me back then, and though the opening prose is lovely, I’m a little nervous over how well Hesse’s views on the duality of self hold up.
I'm currently re reading the secret history which is baffling my mind once again