Things I read in the last week and a half and neglected to blog about because it has been too hot to do anything other than complain, read or drink sweet tea vodka with lemonade while complaining or reading:
- David Rakoff-Don’t get too comfortable (actually, I re-read this–I read it my senior year of college but loved it enough to read it again. David Rakoff is the shit!)
- Louise Erdrich-the Blue Jay’s Dance: a birth year (this was lovely & contemplative. It was full of tidbits about birds & tomcats & pierogie recipes. This book made me think about a lot of people. It reminded me quite a bit of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I could read both of these again & again, at different points for the rest of my life and get something new out of each.)
- Isabel Allende-Sum of Our Days (I swear I wasn’t seeking out another Allende book, but while searching for a book by another Chilean author, this caught my eye, so I read the first paragraph and was hooked and had to read the entire book in, like, 2 days. I love Allende’s life. I keep crying while I read her books. I think OMC is tired of me talking about her. I am sort of starting to feel like I know her & her family. I think she is adorable. I kind of feel like she is my mother. When she does things in her memoirs that I disapprove of I scoff & react like I would react to my mother. If anybody else criticized the same things about her I would be furious and would defend her. Only I can criticize. This wasn’t my favorite, but who am I kidding, I love this woman.)
- David Rakoff-Fraud (Very funny. Very smart. Super quick read.)
- Suzanne Collins-the Hunger Games (this is part 1 of 3 in a young adult series. My friend Kerri lent this to me and I admit I started it begrudgingly, although I think Kerri has flawless taste in books & tv shows–i.e. we like the same things. The only thing I can compare this book to is Lois Lowry’s the Giver [though I think the Giver is far, far superior, and that Lowry is 20 times the writer that Collins is]. This book is pretty great. The plot is completly absorbing and the characters are inordinantly ballsy. I don’t think Collins is a particularly good writer–as I also don’t think JK Rowling is a good writer. At all. I do like the Harry Potter series, but do I think she can write? No. Awesome plot, shitty writing. I am all for kids reading, so cannot begrudge these kinds of popular novels that actually make kids pick up a book, but I am also all for writing that is perfection, not writing that exists simply to drive a plot. That said, I have already pre-requested book 2 and am pretty excited to continue the series. I would recommend this to anybody who liked the Giver, but if it came down to it, I would recommend the Giver first.)
- Last night I started a book of essays by Susan Jane Gilman that I am not convinced I love yet. I might not finish it. A reviewer (Laurie Notaro) had this to say about this book, which gives further proof that I am a soulless stick in the mud: “If you don’t absolutely love this book, you are dead inside.” I feel attacked! I will probably take my dead inside-self elsewhere and read something different.
Other life happenings:
- OMC is getting kicked out of the US in 18 days. I am devastated. I don’t have anything else to say about this.
- I left the house on Saturday and saw a Bon Jovi/Journey cover band–Bon Journey. Only in Pittsburgh. Also only in Pittsburgh would you see scandalous fashion like the fashion I saw at this “show”. Holy fuck balls. This city.
- I love summer storms.
- I miss my brother.
- I want to go live in a hut in the woods or maybe in a little cabin on a lake in Northern Ontario.
- In December, I will be done with grad school forever, or until I get mentally bored and start another program. Maybe I will be a linguistic anthropologist. Maybe I will be a goddamn archaeologist. Maybe I will be a textile historian. I don’t even know what this is! Who the fuck knows! Also, look out world.
- I had a moment of personal pride last night when OMC’s friends from Ecuador brought their daughter over. I momentarily panicked about the dog because she is a moron around new people but to my total and complete shock SHE WAS AN ANGEL. This is the world’s most shocking news. She played with their daughter gently and wonderfully. I am blown away. Completely blown away. Their daughter loved her! She asked if she could come over again & play more! I am the proudest dog-mom in the land. I have never seen the Bean around little kids so always assumed it would be insanity, but to my total shock, the Bean is somehow better with children than she is with adults.
- I am going on vacay on Friday with my roommate, Intense Andrew. We are going to Cincinnati and it is going to be epic. I get to see my bff!!!! How lucky am I?! I am going to cuddle her face and steal her clothes and eat chili and scream and do girly things and shop and drink drinks and cuddle her face, etc.
- Basically I am simultaneously THRILLED and bummed.