The History of the Vancouver Poetry Society, Basbanes’ and Fadiman’s explorations of bibliophilia (and sometimes mania), and the Charles Olson Reader are all being read as “homework” for business reasons (but business is pleasure, so….). Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) is a bedside read; Pygmalion is a bathtub read (one scene per bath). And the outlier in the group, Stuart McLean’s Story Exchange? My beloved mama has a slice of picturesque Canadiana published in it.
Hi, there are some of my simultaneous readings :
- Simone Weil’s L’Enracinement (The Need for Roots) in a selected works edition
- Henri Bergson’s Les Deux Sources de la morale et de la religion (The Two Sources of Morality and Religion)
- Philippe Jaccottet’s Œuvres (Works)
- Albert Camus’ La Chute (The Fall)
- And an anthology of japanese haiku
Hitchhiker’s Guide and Monstrous Regiment are a couple of old favorites, The Confederacy of Dunces is one I’m taking a chance with and The Silmarillion is one that I’ve been meaning to read since forEVERRRR.
I love switching from one book to the next when I’m reading short story collections. It’s a bracing switch at times to go from one story to the next and I often wonder what a Diaz character would do in a Munro story, what Li’s stoic characters would really think of Gowdy’s necrophiliacs. It’s just as much fun to imagine those scenarios reversed, spun around and mixed together as it is to read them in their own independent worlds, the other characters in the other books daydreams in those rare stolen moments.
Fernando Pessoa: The Book of Disquiet
Jean Cocteau: The Holy Terrors
Georges Bernanos: Under Satan’s Sun
Essential Tibetan Buddhism: Robert Thurman
The Pessoa was an unconscious, fateful grab from the library.
Cocteau and Bernanos: discovered through their cinematic contributions and wanted to know more.
Buddhist books are somehow unintentionally comforting to me and I think I’ll always have one in the shuffle.
Take a look at this keen new Tumblr I was linked to this afternoon:
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