Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Best Reads of 2014…

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

That time again. Though I really don’t like year-end lists, the notion of reading by the clock, here you go. What did Patti Smith say about the clock?   And as Mel Brooks said, “work work work work…”  Make that “read read read read….”  And “write write write write…”  And my top two novels of the year are: […]

Best reads of 2013…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

FictionBest of the bunch, in rough chronological order: Umbrella, by Will SelfThoroughly Modern Self… Tenth of December, by George SaundersA master’s class in short fiction. A Delicate Truth, by John LeCarreHis umpteenth novel…so good. TransAtlantic, by Colum McCannSuch lovely writing. Time travel, deep links of ordinary lives. Joyland, by Stephen KingPretty good beach read. Not […]

No short answers…

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

  Quick Question –  New Poems By John Ashbery, Ecco, 108 pages I’m not sure why I love John Ashbery’s poetry. Maybe it’s because each poem is like a favorite old album you think you know by heart but then there’s an earthquake and the needle jumps from track 2 to track 5 and now you’re here, […]

Quiddity

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

If you crossed Patti Smith (shaman rock ‘n roller, poet, writer) with Vladimir Nabokov (in his lecturer guise) with Steven Wright (deadpan comic famous for his one liners) you’d have something sort of close to Mary Ruefle. Well, not really. But if you’re a writer, this book’s for you. And judging by the number of […]

Best reads of 2012 – a pretty good year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I suppose these are in a sort of order, but fear not – they’re all outstanding. And they’re not all new books, there’s a little backtracking going on here. Fiction Gods Without Men, by Hari Kunzru Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Why’d it take me 43 years to read it? Dunno. So it goes.) A Naked […]