Currently reading – Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction, by Jens Zimmerman. Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of how we interpret things – art, images, language, symbols, theology, anything.
Currently reading – The Mixquiahuala Letters, by Ana Castillo. Castillo is a Chicana novelist, poet, and short story writer born in 1953. This is an epistolary novel made up of correspondence between two women talking about their lives. Pictured next to my bookmark from my local indie bookstore, Changing Hands.
Currently reading – The Cyberiad, by Stanislaw Lem. Born in 1921, Lem was a Polish science fiction writer most famous for his novel Solaris, which was turned into a great Russian film by Andrei Tarkovsky, and a middling George Clooney film a bit later. Lem died in 2006.
Currently reading – Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde. Born in 1934, Lorde was an American writer, feminist, and civil rights activist. This is a book of her essays and speeches.
Currently reading – New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus. This is a big (700 pages) book of contemporary short stories. But I haven’t been reading a lot of stories lately, and it’s time to make up for it.
Currently reading – The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human, by Noah Strycker. I really like birds. I want to know more about them.
Currently reading – Space Invaders by Nona Fernández. Born in 1971, Fernández is a Chilean actress, novelist, and screenwriter. This slim novel depicts the poisonous legacy of Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Currently reading – The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe. Abe was a Japanese writer born in 1924. He died in 1993.
Currently reading – Black Vodka by Deborah Levy. Born in 1959, Levy is a British playwright, novelist and short story writer.
Currently reading – Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction. Living in the fourth century B.C., Aristotle was Plato’s greatest student and known for being Alexander the Great’s tutor. I’m more of an Aristotle guy than a Plato guy.