I always take too many books with me when I go on trips. For example, tomorrow I’m leaving for BC for two weeks, half of which I’ll spend with my family in the interior, and the other half with my friends in Vancouver. I am bringing six books:
Tom McCarthy, The Remainder
Walter Benjamin, A…
Nice. I just realized this morning I have 7 books on the go.
Andy Miller The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
Rick Moody Demonology
Peter Haining The World’s Most Evil Cults
Deborah E. Lipstadt History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier
Michael Posner The Last Honest Man: Mordecai Richler An Oral Biography
Michel Houellebecq The Elementary Particles
Heinrich Böll The Clown (which I thought I lost but just found this morning under a pile of paper)
And I’ve been reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick to my daughter (and I don’t think it’s all that great).
Yeah, I’m bad that way too.
Not lately since all of my brainspace has been occupied by idoms, verb tenses, phrasal verbs, functional exponents and ESL pedagogical theory until a few days ago (Reduce your TTT! Present-Practice-Produce lessons vs Tests-Teach-Test method, etc) and am happy to finally be able to tuck into some new tomes beyond The Wire and Believer articles as bus-readin’.
Still had a few on the go, though:
Two Novels by Robbe-Grillet; re-read Jealousy and finally finished In the Labyrinth. Demanding reading, and then engrossing and multilayered once you hit the “ahhh, I see what you did there” point of the narrative.
Air Guitar by Dave Hickey —-Like the cover blurb says: “Reading any other art critic is like doing your taxes.” I’ve been forthcoming about my love for rawk writers like Lester Bangs AND stuffy art criticism al la October: Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss et al. Similar to Matthew Collings (but Texan), Hickey’s the populist voice in the middle, and has a sense of humour about it all. He restores my faith in art writing.
A Personal Matter - Kenzaburo Oe
Boll and Houllebecq have been on the radar for a while; I also hope to grill Twerdy and Gibson in person next week for recommendations.