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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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May 6, 2017

(A Cinderella Story, of a sort…) I was already fretting about what to wear for Mother’s Day this year, until eBay, like a kind yet weirdly suspicious fairy godmother clad in a never-washed genuine Art Nouveau polyester leisure suit previously owned by a hirsute chain-smoker, offered a complete solution to my problem.  But now I’m so worried because they say… Read More ›

Scene from a WalMart in Missouri

My first real boyfriend from high school once told me that people might stop thinking of me as aloof and cold if only they could see what delight I took in walking into possibly the last Taco Tico restaurant anywhere and having my feet stick to the floor a little with each step.  Taco Tico was forbidden fruit when I was… Read More ›

Brahms, 4 Ballades Op.10 No.3. Oh, and RimWorld

After hunting around for a while for a piano piece that suits my current abilities and tastes, I decided I’ll learn this Brahms piece next.  Finally, after an unreasonably long initial struggle, I’ve found the finish line on Claude Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin.  Learning that piece was much more difficult than I expected,… Read More ›

2017 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2017’s reading: Fiction J. M. Coetzee.  Waiting for the Barbarians Lena Andersson.  Willful Disregard J. M. Coetzee.  Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee.  The Childhood of Jesus László Krasznahorkai.  Satantango Kenzaburō Ōe.  The Silent Cry Hilary Mantel.  Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, 1) Glen Cook.  The Black Company… Read More ›

2016 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2016’s reading: Fiction Henry James.  The Turn of the Screw J. M. Coetzee.  Disgrace J. M. Coetzee.  Age of Iron Cormac McCarthy.  The Road Tom Wolfe.  The Bonfire of the Vanities Peter Straub.  Shadowland Stephen King.  ‘Salem’s Lot   Young Adult Fiction Jack London.  White Fang Jack London.  The Call… Read More ›

2015 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2015’s finished reading: Fiction Don DeLillo.  White Noise Steven Erikson. House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen #4) J. D. Salinger.  Franny and Zooey (reread) Honoré de Balzac.  “Another Study of Womankind” Mikhail Bulgakov.  The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov.  Heart of a Dog Santiago Gamboa. Necropolis Thomas Mann…. Read More ›

2014 Reading List (Partial)

A partial list of 2014’s finished reading. Fiction P. D. James.  Death of an Expert Witness Donna Tartt.  The Goldfinch Donna Tartt.  The Little Friend Donna Tartt.  The Secret History Alice Munro.  The Moons of Jupiter Howard Jacobson.  J Phil Klay.  Redeployment Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher, editors.  Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the… Read More ›

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