Currently reading – The Best American Poetry 2020, guest edited by Paisley Rekdal, series editor David Lehman.
Currently reading – The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Born in 1900, Saint-Exupéry was a French aristocrat and aviator. He also found the time to write this little book which is beloved around the world. Saint-Exupéry disappeared in flight over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission in 1944.
Currently reading – The Masker, by Torrey Peters. Peters is a young trans writer with a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. Her first book from a major publisher, Detransition, Baby, was released by One World Books / Random House on January 12th. This, however, is a novella.
Currently reading – Philadelphia Fire, by John Edgar Wideman. Born in 1941, Wideman is an American novelist, essay writer, and memoirist. This novel depicts the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, which destroyed 65 houses and killed 11 people, including 5 children.
Currently reading – Saga, Volumes 4 and 5, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Slowly working through this series. Don’t read enough graphic novels.
Currently reading – Still Life with Meredith, by Ann Lewinson. Lewinson is an American playwright, critic, and journalist. This is a short novel.
Currently reading – River Hymns, by Tyree Daye. Daye is a young American poet.
According to Goodreads, I read 211 books this year. But this slim novel, by Mexican author and journalist Fernanda Melchor, was the best. Brutal, appalling, unsentimental, but also heartbreaking and beautiful. A masterpiece.
Currently reading – Luster, by Raven Leilani. Born in 1990, Leilani is an American writer, and this novel, about a young black woman in New York juggling her desire to make art and her relationship with a white man in an open marriage, was one of 2020’s literary sensations.
Currently reading – Thirteen Months of Sunrise, by Rania Mamoun, translated by Elizabeth Jaquette. Born in 1979, Mamoun is a Sudanese journalist and fiction writer. This is a collection of her short stories.