Simultaneous Reads

Because no one reads just one book at a time. Share pics and descriptions of the two, three or four books that you have On the go.
Tended by Naben Ruthnum.
Two gifts, a friend’s novel, and a book that’s too heavy for the subway. Marcel lurking in the background, also too heavy for the subway. Reading habits of the weak shouldered.

Two gifts, a friend’s novel, and a book that’s too heavy for the subway. Marcel lurking in the background, also too heavy for the subway. Reading habits of the weak shouldered.

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.

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 

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 

Some dissertation reading: Heidegger’s Being and Time, Matei Calinescu’s The Five Faces of Modernity, Friedrich Schlegel’s Fragments, Richard Rorty’s Contingency, irony, solidarity.
And Great Expectations on my kindle in case I need help falling asleep after all of that.
-Submitted by Kait Pinder

Some dissertation reading: Heidegger’s Being and Time, Matei Calinescu’s The Five Faces of Modernity, Friedrich Schlegel’s Fragments, Richard Rorty’s Contingency, irony, solidarity.

And Great Expectations on my kindle in case I need help falling asleep after all of that.

-Submitted by Kait Pinder

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. 

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.

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.

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.

London Literary Life in the 1980s or, What the Helper Saw
(Thanks to the Toronto Public Library)

London Literary Life in the 1980s or, What the Helper Saw

(Thanks to the Toronto Public Library)