sometimes you approach me on the street, sometimes in line buying socks at H&M, occasionally you catch up to me next to the strange hat embroidery kiosk at the eaton centre in montreal…but you all request the same information! what am i reading you wonder!? often i feel unprepared to answer, perhaps a title or two pop into my brain, but often i walk away feeling like i’ve disappointed you!
so, as promised, here is a partial-incomplete-spontaneous list of what i can remember reading this past year!
this is my best attempt to list my favorite reads (or attempted reads) that occurred between the sun tanning in central park months of july-september 2009 and the cross atlantic flights and tree trimming months of october 2009- january 2010!
THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING- MILAN KUNDERA…while you’re at it…consider IMMORTALITY!
LIKEWISE- ARIEL SCHRAG…this I read while nursing a terrific hangover in New York in August. I wept and laughed out loud. Should be a mandatory read in high school.
EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED, WELLS TOWER
Re-Read ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, RIVKA GALCHEN…page 31, page 50, page 51…sneaks up on you. so pretty and strange.
GQ magazine, January 2010…I didn’t exactly READ the article on Rihanna…mostly I appreciated the photos…as art. Right!?
INTIMACY, JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
A MOVEABLE FEAST, ERNEST HEMINGWAY…Thank you Laura Clendening.
BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT, ELIZABETH SMART.
THE CITY AND THE PILLAR, GORE VIDAL
ASTERIOS POLYP, DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI
THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2009…I look forward to the new collection every year! THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS is also a gem.
SLOW MAN, also, DIARY OF A BAD YEAR, J. M COETZEE…absolutely loved both of these books.
Chapters of JOAN DIDION’S POLITICAL FICTIONS and countless inspired writing from my much loved subscriptions to NEW YORKER MAGAZINE and BELIEVER MAGAZINE!
There were others, but I’ve scattered and abandoned my books between home landing pads and friends bookshelves…and I have a terrible memory…
To the kind hearted bookworms who gave me I SEE/YOU MEAN, THE MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES, BARNEY’S VERSION and many dozens of other literary gifts…thank you!!!
keep reading the real thing,