So I got some good news today, and like any good bibliophile I decided to celebrate with a little book-buying binge.
Watching the Spring Festival: Poems, by Frank Bidart. I don't read as much poetry as I used to, but I've long been admirer of Frank Bidart and his particular, spare, elegant and precise poetry. His 1999 book Desire: Poems, was haunting and lovely. I look forward to this one.
The Last Chicken in America is a collection of linked short stories by Russian-American writer Ellen Litman. I saw Ellen do a reading not long ago with Joshua Henkin; she read from a story called "When the Neighbors Love You" and I wasn't in a buying mood that day but I thought the story was enchanting and I can't wait to read more.
Finally I got The Best American Comics 2008 anthology, edited by comics queen Lynda Barry. I've already started poking through it- it's fantastic!
Of course these three books represent but a small portion of my actual reading wishlist- no Isaac's Torah today, or What Happened to Anna K, or hardcover My Father's Paradise, or that new Osamu Tezuka manga that just got translated or ... well, you get the idea. But it's a start. Of course now I have to read all this stuff!