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Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Very Good Saturday Night



I changed my Tumblr theme (snapshot above, new page and photo credits here.)

And I started a new book, "Everything Beautiful Began After," by Simon Van Booy.

It's a love story, set in Athens, and this is how it starts:

"For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home. Places where lonely people can live in exile of their own lives--far from anything that was ever imagined for them. Athens has long been a place where lonely people go. A city doomed to forever impersonate itself, a city wrapped by cruel bands of road, where the thunder of traffic is a sound so constant it's like silence..."

I'm hooked. Now I want to read everything Van Booy has ever written. Susan Salter Reynolds spotted Van Booy's promise in 2007, after the debut of his first book, "The Secret Lives of People in Love."

She wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "One worries, after reading a debut short-story collection this breathtaking, what Simon Van Booy could possibly do for an encore. Write something longer? Take up haiku? Wander the world like a sadhu for a few decades and send us another book as chillingly beautiful, like postcards from Eden?"

Yes, exactly. A book like a postcard from Eden. This is a very good Saturday night.


7 Comments:

Blogger sécia said...

A good night indeed. :)

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

August 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

What a beautiful post! This was a great way to end the night!

August 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Elisha said...

I'm in love with everything right there!

August 7, 2011 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Yes. I found "The Secret Lives of People in Love" when just released. I was touched by love diverse

August 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Kayla Poole said...

He writes magic in every sentence. I think I need to reread Secret Lives sometime soon.

August 7, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Aloysius said...

why is natalie portman so goddamn beautiful! when she shaved her head, i realised this: damn, you know that you're beautiful when you don't need any hair!

August 7, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I had the same Saturday night as you, just a few hundred miles away! There's another quote from the book I love:

What couldn't be felt in real life could be felt through language--through the experience of another by the setting of marks upon a page. It was unthinkable, yet it worked.

Hope you enjoyed it!

August 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

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