Currently reading. Jesmyn Ward is an impressive young American writer and the first woman to win the National Book Award twice. She usually writes about the lives of small town African-Americans, and this book deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Currently reading. This was one of Qin’s books, and I first read it about 12 years ago – she was a Nabokov fiend. Published in 1941, it was the first of Nabokov’s books written in English, and it’s about a man trying to research and write a biography of his dead half-brother. Centered around the idea that nothing can be known satisfactorily, especially through language, it is considered a precursor to the postmodern novel.
Currently reading. Anna Kavan was born in 1901 and died in 1968. She was a British aristocrat, cult writer, and heroin addict. This is her most famous novel.
Currently reading. The Original Gangsta. Glad I bought this 50th Anniversary edition, it’s really nice.
Currently reading. Been meaning to get into more art books and graphic novels. Lynda Barry is an artist and professor and this is her meditation into the creative process.
PS. The Tolstoy book sucked.
Currently reading. What IS it?
Currently reading. I love these Cambridge Companions. They comprise of long essays by various scholars about the book’s subject matter. They’re expensive though – about $20 to $30 bucks each. But… I really like them, and these writers probably make most of their money teaching, and these aren’t bestsellers, so I feel it’s worth it to contribute to these studies.