Currently watching – Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, 2016. Born in 1979, Jenkins is an American film director and screenwriter. This film depicts the coming of age of a young gay black man in Miami.
Currently reading – The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, by Yukio Mishima, translated by John Nathan. In the long history of literature, there are many crazy writers. But Mishima (1925-1970) was special – after leading a failed attempt to overthrow Japan’s constitution in 1970, Mishima committed seppuku, or ritual suicide by self-disembowelment.
Currently reading – The Complete Butcher’s Tales, by Rikki Ducornet. Born in 1943, Ducornet is an American writer, poet, and artist. This book is a collection of sort of Borgesian tales.
Currently reading – Whiteout Conditions, by Tariq Shah. Shah is an American author born and raised in Illinois.
Currently watching – Short Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu. Born in 1984, Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer.
Currently reading – W-3, by Bette Howland. Howland was an American writer born in 1937. This memoir, about her time in a mental hospital after a suicide attempt when she was a divorced, single mother, launched her writing career. However, she shunned the spotlight and her work fell into obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued by Brigid Hughes at A Public Space. Howland died in 2017.
Currently reading – Counternarratives: Stories and Novellas, by John Keene. Born in 1965, Keene is an American writer, artist, and MacArthur Fellow. This book of short fiction spans the 1600s to the present.
Currently reading – Voices in the Evening, by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by D.M. Low. Born in 1916, Ginzburg was an Italian author who often wrote of family relationships and the effects of fascism. She died in 1991.
Currently reading – Go Tell It On the Mountain, by James Baldwin. Born in 1924, Baldwin was an American author and activist, and one of the most important voices of the 20th century. This was his first novel.
Currently reading – Notes of a Crocodile, by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie. Born in 1969, Miaojin was a Taiwanese novelist. This novel is a queer coming of age story in 1980s Taiwan. Sadly, Miaojin took her own life in 1995, when she was only 26.