Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well, I pulled myself out my slump and started or started and finished a few things. I really have to thank the New York City subway system and our outer Queens location for giving me so much time to read. This past week I read All Days Are Night, a moody novel about a woman disfigured in a car accident that kills her boyfriend, by Peter Stamm, and finished The Infinite Wait, a book of graphic short stories by the always-enjoyable Julia Wertz, and Between Two Seas, which ended up being really good. I also finally finished Sonechka, short stories by Ludmila Ulitskaya, which was uneven for me but she's one of my favorites, so that's OK. She's got a new one coming out in English in the fall and I plan to drop whatever else I'm doing just as soon as I can get a copy (which should be earlier because the publicist has been promising me a copy since early last year).

My friend Jeanne who writes the great blog Necromancy Never Pays was in NYC a few weeks ago and when we met up for a walk around the Strand bookstore and lunch at Japanese ramen place Ippudo, she recommended The French Lieutenant's Woman, so I started that book this week. In some ways it's a very "me" book- mannered and literary, Victorian in temperament- and I'm trying to like it but something feels a little off. No matter. I'll keep pushing through.

I'm also reading Blood Brothers, by Ernst Haffner, originally published in German in 1932 and subsequently banned by Hitler. It's being republished in English by Other Press in March. One of my pals at Other Press gave it to me for my birthday and it was really the perfect gift. It tells the story of a group of young men living on the margins of Weimar society, kind of a pre-Beat generation of disaffected youth involved in drugs, crime and anarchy. It's fun, and lively reading.

That's about it for me this week. What are you reading? See more at