Reading: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Reading: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

  Leo had been avoiding his wife, Victoria, who was barely speaking to him and his sister Beatrice who wouldn't stop speaking to him—rambling on and on about getting together for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving. In July. Leo hadn't spent a holiday with his family in twenty years, since the mid-'90s if he was remembering correctly: he wasn't [...]

Reading: “Autumn” by Ali Smith

Reading: “Autumn” by Ali Smith

"All across the country, people looked up Google: what is EU? All across the country, people looked up Google: move to Scotland. All across the country, people looked up Google: Irish passport applications." " As she passes the house with GO and HOME still written across it she sees that underneath this someone has added, [...]

Reading: “The Diary of a Nobody” by George and Weedon Grossmith

Reading: “The Diary of a Nobody” by George and Weedon Grossmith

May 9: The Blackfriars Bi-weekly News contains a long list of the guests at the Mansion House Ball. Disappointed to find our names omitted, though Farmerson's is in plainly enough with M.L.L. after it, whatever that may mean. More than vexed, because we had ordered a dozen copies to send to our friends. Wrote to the [...]

These heavy boots are not made for walking – meeting Oskar Schell …

These heavy boots are not made for walking – meeting Oskar Schell …

I mentioned it before, Wonderguy gave me Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer as another part of our ongoing series "Goin' to New York". At first I was skeptical because I fear the child protagonist: many authors I read (Brothers Grimm, anyone?) use child characters to teach their readers a lesson, and the last [...]

Reading:”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

Reading:”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know, there is no need for another sort-of-review of any of Neil Gaiman's books because there are already thousands of highly qualified musings about his work out there. He is a prolific writer, has a wide, diverse and also devout audience (of which Wonderguy is a proud member) and countless different platform—a lot [...]

Reading: Jennifer Egan “The Keep”, “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

Reading: Jennifer Egan “The Keep”, “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

Welcome to my latest discovery, Jennifer Egan. I found her just recently thanks to wonderguy, who gave me A Visit from the Goon Squad to read. He thought I might like it because I love short stories and he was right. Though of course, it's not a collection of short stories in the traditional understanding. [...]

Nothing better than some good old ‘shame fics’ …

Nothing better than some good old ‘shame fics’ …

From what I’ve written in some of the blog post before, one may assume I am a sophisticated reader thanks to my academic ventures (*cough*) in the field of comparative literature. Well, sometimes I am. Depending on my mood, my ADHD, the lunar phase, and the position of Jupiter to the last third of my [...]

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

  I finished Toews’ book yesterday and I still have Elf and Yoli with me, somehow. I laughed a lot; I cried several times. This is a story about mental illness, surviving, and letting someone go. This is a story about suicide and survival, about intentionally leaving this world, even though there would be no [...]