June 27, 2009
Summer on East Bank
June 26, 2009
Friday night book discoveries
First, a trip to the local discount book place unearthed these delights:
--Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
--Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little Lit, Book 2) by Art Spiegelman
There are more Little Lit titles, including It Was a Dark and Silly Night, which I'm sorry was not on the shelf with the other two!
and I also found this:
Upon returning home, looking for something besides repeated clips of late pop stars, I came upon PBS/TPT's Bill Moyers Journal and his interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin ("The Shadow of Sirius"). Topics include language, his writing process, the natural world and his career. He made a comment about one poem that quoted his mother as saying "even when you do not know, you will know." "She never really said that, you know," he tells Moyers*.
I found one excerpt here.
*That echoed what Andre Aciman said about his memoir Out of Egypt. Aciman and other authors presented a panel discussion on memoirs at the U of M back in 2007. Watch him read from his book on MediaMill. At the panel he describes writing more than one version of the walk he took with his brother on their last evening in Egypt, and commented that in fact his mother wouldn't have let him/them out of the house. (Soxanne, did I get that right?)
June 25, 2009
How do you read?
From the Chronicle of Higher Education issue dated June 12, 2009
Reading Dickens Four Ways / How 'Little Dorrit' fares in multiple text formats
By ANN KIRSCHNER
June 23, 2009
Yes, indeed, Tambien has a new look - is anyone besides Anne and me looking?
June 18, 2009
July Book Club decision request
We decided tonight not to decide for July.
Roberta suggested American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sarah suggested Jhumpa Lahiri's latest - Unaccustomed Earth: Stories (Sarah, correct me if I'm wrong)
I have The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz on my to-be-read-shelf right now.
Or, if you prefer, Susan suggested that everyone read what they like and report in for the July meeting.
I kind of like that idea.
Y'all ok with it?
June 8, 2009
Meggin's suggestions for July
What do you want to read for July?
-Falling through the earth by Danielle Trussoni
-Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
-Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (really depressing, but good)
Lunacy and the Arrangement of Books
Cited in the March/April issue of Technicalities ("Interfaces: A Brief History of Shelving" column by Jean Weihs, pp. 11-14):