This is tardy. It’s been a busy time. Okay, quickly now.
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (4/5) – I read a Ferrante book that wasn’t part of the tetralogy several years ago and liked it a lot. I like this almost as much and I’m excited to read through the next three. I didn’t think this one, in particular, was quite as brilliant as everyone else seems to have, but what do I know?
- Banthology: Stories from Banned Nations (4/5) – This, as you can tell from the subtitle, is an anthology of stories from all the nations that were/are part of Trump’s travel ban. Of course, the saddest thing about collections like this is that, generally, the people who most need to read it never will. Good stories, nevertheless, that provide windows into places we in America don’t see often enough.
- McSweeney’s 51 (4/5) – I don’t know why this was the month for four-star books, but it was. This was the first “regular” issue of McSweeney’s in ages. The quality of the writing is generally very good, though as is typically the case with journals, I found there to be a few duds. Mostly, I’m glad that they’re finally steaming along again because, more than any other important magazine, they try to be interesting and give us writing that isn’t the same old MFA claptrap.
- The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks (4/5) – This book was really fun and interesting and you should read it. I learned interesting things about the mind and it’s going to send me down a path of more reading, which I always enjoy. The only reason it isn’t a 5 is that it wasn’t quite as unified as I wanted it to be, reading more like collected essays than an actual book.