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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So this week I'm reading...


Philip Roth's "The Humbling," about an actor who can no longer act. So he runs off to the country where me meets a much younger (and very sexy) woman. Good ol' Roth.

The New Yorker's profile of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. I have a friend who fell completely in love with him after seeing the Social Network. If you, too, are craving more details about Zuckerberg's life, you'll find plenty in the New Yorker piece.

During stop lights I've been scanning "On Solitude" by Michel De Montaigne. It's a lovely, slim letterpress edition from Penguin's Great Idea series. Very easy to carry around. And amazingly insightful.

At Starbucks: flipping through the new Anthropologie catalogue.

Also rereading underlined paragraphs in Michael Cunningham's book,
"The Hours."

"She looks older, Louis thinks in astonishment. It's finally happening. What a remarkable thing, these genetic trip wires, the way a body can sail along essentially unaltered, decade after decade, and then in a few years capitulate to age."

Just picked up:

The Chronicle Books reissue of Diana Vreeland's "Allure." Goodie!

What are you reading at the moment?



Blogger Blondie said...

Great post honey. I am finishing up a great novel, The Passage and trying desperately to catch up on all my In Style magazines! Kori xoxo

November 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Krissy ♥ said...

"I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then."

The Hours = ♥. Such a remarkable book.

November 3, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Loving the quote you picked out. I am exactly at that age, and it's fascinating to watch my own face change. It's been a long time coming, and I can't say I don't like the way it's been changing.

I just finished the Hunger Games series, because I have been working through current teen lit in anticipation of my daughter's maturing years.

For myself, I am reading William Gibson's Zero History for the second time. I have been a Gibson fan since my early twenties, and some of his recent work, including Pattern Recognition and Zero History, play in especially to design professions and "cool hunting", both of which are pertinent to my current work cycle.

November 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Regarding Roth, as one who was an actor in my teens, I still have nightmares about losing my lines onstage. That said, I lose interest when people insist on judging their own value based on the relative youth of their lovers.

November 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Viktoria said...

Now I'm reading Bunin - "dark alleys". :)

November 4, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

I'm reading the Picture of Dorian Gray at the moment.

I'm almost finished though, still have to decide what to start reading next! :)

November 4, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Iris said...

i am reading the lacuna - fantastic read, beautiful language but boy, that book's heavy to hold above your head when you lie on the sofa :)

November 4, 2010 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger The above fore-mentioned. said...

Just got in the mail yesterday Stephen Fry's "Ode Less Traveled", a book about poetry complete with Fry's usual wit, charm and elegance.

November 4, 2010 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I've never been able to keep up with multiple books at the same time. I'm currently reading Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan (one of my fave authors). I LOVED The Hours - such gorgeous language.

November 4, 2010 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Nissa said...

Marthe, I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray too! I read one chapter every night to cool my brain down after doing school work, but It's starting to get interesting and I have to force myself to put it down so I can get some sleep! :o)

November 4, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger gracey said...

nice reads you have there! :)

i'm currently reading Jack Finney's Time and Again :)

November 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger ublanks03 said...

Wow, indeed. That quote from The Hours is making me paranoid.

November 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

I love The Hours ... so fantastic. I'm reading:

Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna

and Alexander McCall Smith's Tears of the Giraffe.

November 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said...

Okay, so I am supposed to be reading "The Abortion: a Romance" by Richard Brautigan for my on-line "Slow Readers Bookclub", and am supposed to start "Room" by Emma Donoghue..But, I am still hooked on the fast serial reads of Sue Grafton. I started this marathon at the beginning of Summer and am now stalled on "Q is for Quarry". I get so obsessive. Cheers!

November 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I'm in between books right now. I just finished 'Marcovaldo' by Italo Calvino and loved it, as I do most of Calvino's work. His way with words is so inspiring.

November 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger ☆Vale said...

Haruki Murakami's
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

over 900 pages -.-"

November 5, 2010 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger leilani.e said...

Ooh, I love Montaigne!! On Solitude is brilliant!! I've never read the Hours, really need to one of these days...

Literally just put down Giorgio Agamben's Remnants of Auschwitz, it's completely mind-blowing, I'll re-read it forever. And I'm halfway through Andy Martin's Waiting for Bardot, which is like a psychadelic philosophy tour through sex and french cinema, and also about growing up. So good.

On the less fun side I have to read about 800 pages of Nietszche for monday. Ugh. I love him, usually, but not at that pace!

November 5, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

Zuckerberg is amazing. hehe. thank so much for the link to his profile love. xo

me.. Im reading Zadie Smith White Teeth. I finally got through On Beauty.

November 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger iva yaneva said...

I got The Hours while I was on a work trip. We stopped to get some coffee at a gas station and there it was for just 2$ - made my day! :)

I was thinking of reading Mrs Dalloway first as it says at the back that there's a connection between the two books. Did you do so too?

December 10, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

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