Seems like I have done less reading and more writing this week.
The Roald Dahl Treasury — Very cool coffee table book for Dahl fans. Lots of interesting features, poems, letters, etc. The snippets of his stories are interesting but would rather read them in full. (4 stars — Goodreads)
Chicago Poems — Carl Sandburg – Amazing and awesome book. Alive, active, muscular terse poetry. Freaking loved it. Would love suggestions of similar poets. I think poetry may be one of the most individual forms for reading. (5 Stars — GR)
A Boy’s Will — Robert Frost — Nice, short poetry book .. Didn’t come close to grabbing me .. Think may attempt it again. Pretty, but didn’t speak to me. (3)
The Graduate — – My books of the week last week. Benjamin Braddock is one of the only characters I can think of that is richer in the movie then the book. I have absolutely no idea why Elaine! Elaine! would choose to run away with him. There is a word for who he is today, stalker. (4)
Books started: (both could end as future BOTW)
Dirty Minds — Kayt Sukel — Wonderful book so far about the neuroscience of love, attraction and sex. Kayt is a high school classmate at Montgomery HS (NJ) class of 1992, and so proud of her. I like that she has a journalist’s and a neuroscientist’s background. Very readable, expect this to be next week’s BOTW.
The Hunger Games — Suzanne Collins — My wife lannalee’s (http://lannaleemaheux.com) books of the week.. Barely started .. Lanna stayed up late 3 consecutive nights reading the trilogy. One of the big books right now. Fun writing so far.
Sex on the Moon — Ben Herzlich — Really fun story, and crazy story about a NASA co-op student who stole moon rocks to impress someone. Love Herzlich’s writing style .. “Accidental Billionaire” the book that inspired “The Social Network” movie should be one of my books of 2012. (4)
The Beats: A Graphic History — Harvey Pekar et al .. Very cool and interesting look at the lives of the Beats. Rich work. Harvey Pekar’s voice is one I like. I think his “A Cancer Year” will be something I read in 2012. (4)
Love is a Dog From Hell — Charles Bukowski — Reading this book of poems slow but a lot of fun. To me the poet of drunks, very direct poems. I wonder what Bukowski would be without the drink. (4)
And the BOTW: Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackeness — Toure — I have been following @toure on Twitter for a while and been reading his reviews and feature in Rolling Stone for a while. This book gave me some idea of what it is like to black in America in 2012.
Fascinating tales of what blackness means, what is means to be called to be “acting white”; tales of the most racist thing you have ever seen, dealt with; how keeping it real is a prison; and the 40 million ways to be black in America.
The challenge of reading about racism slowed me down with this book, the fact that it is overdue is causing me to finish it today (wrote on Thursday morning). Fascianting book makes me want to read more African-American stories. I am not a believer in anti-racism, or white guilt expressed in the academic left. But, I am very interested in American studies of all colors, shapes, genders and ethnicities.
Powerful book, and a hard read. Chapter that resonated the most is about the Chappelle Show, which is a wonderful metaphor for post-Blackness, that both shows a knowledge of the black experience, and is able to tweak it. I can see why now more then ever Chappelle decided to end his show.
And loved that he worked with 105 of the most interesting black people in America. Well worth reading (4).
Books purchased: (All Kindle)
11/22/1963 by Stephen King (both ones me and my life are interested in)
Beethoven’s Shadow — Jonathan Bliss — Kindle Single — Kindle Singles are short works (usually 40-60) pages about a topic. Often very rich and interesting. I would much rather an author have a dense and interesting 50 pages, then a long winded 400. I think this is something eBooks are good at.
Anyway, the book is about a classical pianist tackling all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Fascinating book about the preperation involved in being a classical musician. Very interesting. (1.99 on Kindle)
Books checked out:
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology — ed. Lawrence Ferlinghetti .. I have been a beat poetry fan for a long time. Trying to read more of it. I think the style definitely influenced my poems. (Minerva, Auburn Public Library)
Murder for Love: 16 New Original Stories — Shel Silverstein, et al. .. I will admit it, got it for the Shel Silverstein short story. (Walker ML)
Cain x 3 .. James M. Cain — 3 Novel collection with “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, “Mildred Pierce” and Double Indemnity .. curious to read Double Indemnity the most.
I Was a Potato Oligarch — John Mole .. About to buy for Kindle but got sample on sale for $2.99, by time I wanted to buy it was up to $9.99 .. so Minerva time .. (Scarborough PL)
A Coney Island of the Mind — Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Another poetry book .. Beat time! (Minerva, Thomas ML, Cape Elizabeth)
A Little Friendly Advice — Siobhan Vivian … Used Minerva for it .. although part of my local library Walker ML .. I like reading YA books.
Also had a lovely discussion with the librarian there about Minerva and how 6 crates go back and forth a day and how it encourages borrowing. Minerva is one of my favorite things and I blogged about it 3-4 weeks ago. http://ed2dq.com/2011/12/07/walker-library-and-minerva/
Well that’s it for now. Keep reading!