Currently reading – The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw. Philyaw is an American author and essayist. This book of short stories was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award.
Currently reading – Fireflies, by Luis Sagasti. Born in 1963, Sagasti is an Argentine writer and art critic. This book is a lyrical exploration of the connections between great artists, philosophers, and scientists through history.
Currently reading – Girls Against God, by Jenny Hval, translated by Marjam Idriss. Born in 1980, Hval is a Norwegian musician and novelist. This book is apparently a combination of feminist thought and experimental horror.
Currently reading – Ramifications, by Daniel Saldaña París, translated by Christiana MacSweeney. Born in 1984, París is a Mexican poet, essayist, and novelist.
Currently reading – Tales of the New World, by Sabina Murray. Born in 1968, Murray is a Filipina-American author and screenwriter. This is a book of short stories.
Currently reading – The Hatred of Poetry, by Ben Lerner. Born in 1979, Lerner is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. This slim book ponders why so many people don’t like reading poetry.
Currently reading – Jazz, by Toni Morrison. Born in 1931, Morrison was one of America’s greatest authors, and she won the Nobel Prize in 1993. This will be the sixth book by her I have read. Morrison died in 2019.
I wanted a nice bookmark, so I ordered this wooden one with an image of Japanese cherry blossoms. It’s really cool.
Currently reading – The Best American Short Stories 2020, edited by Curtis Sittenfeld, series editor Heidi Pitlor. This just came out.
Currently reading – Deaf Republic, by Ilya Kaminsky. Kaminsky is a Jewish-American poet born in the former Soviet Union in 1977. While legally deaf, he has a great ear for beautiful language.