Posted Chicago poet Keith Preston on 'Reading in Bed As A Fine Art'.
Blogged about Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh, a book from my Classics Club list.
And signed up for the latest Classics Club spin #33. The spin number is 18,
which means Honoré de Balzac's Cousin Bette for me. A good choice!
Some other books, including The Songs of Kabir, tr. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra:
The mind's a shortchangingHuckster with a craftyWife and FiveScoundrel children.
It won't change its ways.The mind's a knot, says Kabir,Not easy to untie.
On The Stack
In addition to the Balzac, that's Early Irish Myths and Sagas, the Rae Dalven translation of Cavafy, and a volume of selected David Slavitt poems I'm making my way through.
I went to see the Eleanor Catton at the main Toronto Public Library talk about her new book Birnam Wood. Except there's apparently some suspense, so while she read from it, she didn't necessarily talk about it much. Not so long she wrote the screenplay for a version of Emma, so she mostly talked (very astutely) about that. She's impressive.
But now I do want to read the book. The Toronto library system bought a hundred copies, but I'm afraid I'm only five hundred on the list, so it will be a while...
I was going to post the video of the talk, but it doesn't seem to be available yet, though the library usually does post them here. I've also got tickets for Rebecca Makkai in May.
Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and lived here until she was six. (Her father was a grad student at the University of Western Ontario.) The Luminaries won the Canadian Governor General's award for fiction, as well as the Booker. The interviewer tried to absorb Catton into the Canadian borg, a thing which has been tried before and which I knew from some interview I read earlier, she politely resists. But based on her vowels, she's definitely a New Zealander, which you could check for yourself, if I could post the video... reflict, attintion, togither. 😉
|Chocolate Pots-de-créme, all gone now sadly...|
How was your week?