March and April Book Log

May 15, 2019

Ah, the end of school. It’s coming, but getting there – as always – is taking a hit on my reading. Maybe I’ll pick it up this summer.

  1. McSweeney’s 54 (5/5) – Essential reading as much as anything I’ve come across in quite some time. Subtitled “The End of Trust,” it’s collection of nonfiction about the different ways technology enables surveillance and eliminates privacy.
  2. My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Break Throughs by Kazuo Ishiguro (4/5) – His Noble acceptance speech. A nice little read. I always love Ishiguro.
  3. The White Book by Han Kang (5/5) – Now THIS was interesting. Kind of a narrative. Kind of not. Kind of poetry and kind of prose. Completely fascinating overall. I think I’ve read everything from Kang so far and it’s all been excellent. She’s someone to pay attention to.
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (5/5) – I got a fancy copy of this book and so it was time for a reread. This is one of my top-five ever and I think this was my fifth time reading it. Great as always.
  5. Binstead’s Safari by Rachel Ingalls (2/5) – I LOVED Mrs. Caliban, which I discovered more or less by accident, so this was an easy decision to pick up at the book store. Blech. Not well done. Awfully colonialist and otherwise dull and predictable.
  6. The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot (5/5) – I hadn’t revisited this closely in ages. read through it with a guide to all the allusions in the text. You don’t need the background to enjoy the poem – which is fantastic on its own – but the additional depth is really interesting.
  7. Little Culinary Triumphs by Pascale Pujol (4/5) – This was a fun read. Very French. Intentionally silly in spots. I was rather distracted while I was reading it and I wonder if it doesn’t maybe deserve a five. But sometimes that’s how it goes. Fun and recommended.
  8. The Odyssey by Homer (5/5) – I just finished teaching The Odyssey for he first time ever. I picked up the Fagles translation to read through because it had been a LONG time since I read Homer. Translations can make such a huge difference. This was so good, I’m gonna grab TheĀ Iliad to read just for fun.

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