“We know—with joy and relief—that we’re in the hands of an artist with vision.” Claire Messud on Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War. | NYRB “To be intrigued by more than plot and character, by the language of the writing itself, was the beginning of my slow awakening to the power of writing.” Lydia Davis on Jon […]
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#boutofbooks #bob24igphoto The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but […]
A few years ago we “decluttered.” We cleaned the sock drawers, threw out threadbare T-shirts (Don’t Fall Run, ’79; a faded Book Woman; and a vintage Kliban cat), and junked old blenders and other appliances we had dumped in the basement. Marie Kondo, the Japanese tidying-up guru who inspired decluttering, recently alienated book lovers, though. […]
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The Kremlin Ball: Material for a Novel by Curzio Malaparte. Translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee. NYRB Classics, 2018. Paperback, 240pp. ISBN13: 9781681372099. Finally reviewed after spending a couple of months on the pile. Labeled “material for a novel” on the title page, The Kremlin Ball follows journalist Curzio Malaparte’s (mis)adventures in Soviet Moscow, […]
Here are some exciting books to start your 2019 reading list!
The month of May is a blur… and I’m glad it’s in the rearview mirror. I split my time between willing my Los Angeles Kings into their second Stanley Cup Final in three years (those overtime games were exhausting!), and overseeing the rather complex Clippers transition of power (it’s been damn-near impossible). It’s a good […]
Buoyed by heady success — I’ve set up my first blog and made THREE posts; decided to participate in the Back to the Classics 2019 Challenge; and read 150 pages in a Henry James novel (one of my challenge books) that I haven’t thought about for at least thirty years — my ambition now knows […]
Some notes on the books I read this year. Below are my ten favorites, roughly preferential, the rest sorted into categories. In all they total 82, my most-read year ever, unless I was more prolific as a teen when I wasn’t counting, but I doubt that. 1. Neuromancer, William Gibson My favorite novel this year […]
Ages ago I had a Classics Club list. Scratch that, I actually didn’t make a list, but figured I read old things all the time and would read fifty classics in the space of five years. Then I realized I was wholly unaware of my classics intake so I made a list of books and […]
Because I didn’t do so well with my 2018 reading goals, I’m glad to start off 2019 fresh with new resolutions! This year I want to keep my goals simple. My big plan is to read all of William Golding’s novels in 2019. William Golding is a new author to me – I haven’t even […]