Authors are actors, books are theaters Wallace Stevens
I liked, but did not love this book.The book begins with failure. Or “my humiliation” as the narrator, a young woman, puts it. The young woman has been sent back to London by some unknown employer. She is hiding in considerable affluence and is tasked with avoiding the public, not to escalate a situation. From …
I finished Zadie Smith’s Swing Time this morning. I liked, but did not love it. (more on that maybe later.) Towards the end, the narrator reads Baldwin to someone – so I’m reading Baldwin’s poetry collection as my first book of #nationalpoetrymonth.
Mark Greif has different coffee dates than I do. (Against Everything: On Dishonest Times (2016) p. 47)
Success as sole basis for respect can be ultimately dangerous. From Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann and the Holocaust. The thin volume includes the core of the Arendt’s reporting on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the bureaucracy of the Holocaust, and the banality of evil. Arendt’s perspective is certainly controversial, but this small volume is required reading in …
I treated myself (sort of) to the best cappuccino in town and two Penguin Great Ideas books that I saw at the local English Bookshop: George Orwell’s Why I Write and Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann and the Holocaust. Apropos of everything.
Started reading Octavia E. Butler’s “Parabel of the Talents” on a whim today, and what can I say – it’s eerily scary.
Honour Thy Books.
A Fleeting Interest: Martin Walser’s Ein fliegendes Pferd I visited my parents this week, and sort of ran out of something to read. So I decided to read Martin Walser’s Bodensee novella Ein fliehendes Pferd for the #2016classicschallenge The book is about a 40 something bourgeois couple vacationing on Lake Constance, and meet a former …
Lunch with Kate Tempest’s new novel The Brick That Built The Houses. It’s an expansion of the story & characters of her album Everybody Down, and really compelling so far.