Currently reading – The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder. Born in 1897, Wilder was an American novelist and playwright, and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes. He died in 1975.
Currently reading – Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, by Zora Neale Hurston. Born in 1891, Hurston was an author, folklorist, and African-American icon. These are some of her unreleased short stories. She died in 1960.
Currently reading – My Tender Matador, by Pedro Lemebel. Born in 1952, Lemebel was a Chilean essayist and novelist. This novel takes place in Santiago in the waning days of Pinochet’s reign.
Currently reading – Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion. Born in 1934, Didion is a novelist, essayist, and journalist. These are her writings examining California in the 60s.
Currently reading – Tales of Neveryon, by Samuel R. Delany. In the summer of 2004, I had just moved to Philadelphia, and was working at a library at Temple University. It was a good job, but remote – it was at their art school, and I had to drive a half hour on the highway to get there from where I was subletting a place in West Philly. I started to fantasize about going to school at Temple and studying under Delany, a gay black science fiction writer I deeply respect who taught writing there. It was a nice dream. Instead, I quit and went back to temping.
Currently reading – Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza. Born in 1975, Gainza is an Argentine art critic and writer. This novel’s narrator describes art along with digressions from her life.
Currently reading – The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury was a science fiction Grand Master born in 1920, and best known for this book and Fahrenheit 451. I read this about twenty years ago but don’t remember much. Bradbury died in 2012.
Currently reading – Sula by Toni Morrison. This will be the fifth book I have read by the Nobel Prize winner.
Currently reading – Confessions of the Fox, by Jordy Rosenberg. Rosenberg is an American transgender writer and critic. This novel imagines 18th century British outlaw Jack Sheppard as a trans man.
Currently reading – Airless Spaces by Shulamith Firestone. Firestone was a radical feminist, writer, and activist born in 1945. This is a book of her short fiction. She died in 2012 after suffering for years with schizophrenia and psychosis.