Very much looking forward to making a start on this bright and colourful proof 🌈🌸 told entirely through interviews, Daisy Jones & The Six follows a rock band in 1970s LA as they rise to become one of the most legendary bands in the world and then mysteriously split on the last night of their 1979 tour... 🎤
" I said it loudly enough for you to hear. I'd been doing this for two years in the locker room: talk to anyone, but talk to no one but you. " André Aciman wrote so accurately, profoundly, about lust, desire & first love in #callmebyyourname that I couldn't NOT read another one of his work. - - - - In 5 short stories, we are in Paul's mind through various steps of his love life. From the discovery of want and attraction in his childhood to a secret crush on the tennis court in his adult years, we see some tropes from #cmbyn : obsession, attention to small gestures, non verbal communication, even an italian setting, but mostly a writing that celebrates the feeling of being infatuated with someone. Highly recommanded. Bonus points for bisexuality representation without labelling it, yet without covering it. The protagonist loves and is loved by a diversity of souls, minds and bodies. #andreaciman#andréaciman#literature#americanliterature#booklover#books#love#romance#lovestory#lgbtq#lgbtqliterature#bookofthemoment
This week, three years ago I published my debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky with Dialogue Foundation Books. It connected me to beautiful people and beautiful places, including Cornel West who agreed to blurb my book. And I am so thankful to all of you who welcomed, supported, and affirmed a work that was 6 years in the making. . Lately, I’ve been in the ebb and flow of writing and revising something very special for you. Some of the things that I wrote can be found in individual poems in journals and magazines like Ghost Town, Exposition Review and Spillway. I have no promise of when you will be able to hold the complete work in your hands, but I promise, when you do, you will enjoy it.
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. 1951. Read this book when you’re young and it becomes part of the makeup of your mind. You never forget Holden Caulfield. That is presuming you identify with him. If you do, he is a misunderstood warrior-poet. If you don’t, he’s a self-absorbed whiner. But Holden is not interested in the fakeness of the world, its phoney people, its money obsession, its accumulation of possessions; instead, his innocent thirst for goodness and determination to be an individual is the voice we all yearn to hear. He is 16 years old and all he wants to do is tell his sister Phoebe how much he likes his dead brother. JD Salinger’s eloquent writing cries of pain and pleasure- a masterpiece.#literature#literary#bookstagrammer#bookslover#bookaddict#bookworm#bookish#book#bookstagram#bookaholic#bookshelves#bookobsessed#bookcover#booknerd#bookstore#bookmark#booklover#jdsalinger#thecatcherintherye#masterpiece#youth#idealism#americanliterature
The Last Samurai, an extraordinary book, in my top ten reads of the year, though it had the misfortune of being published three years prior to the unrelated Tom Cruise blockbuster sporting the same title. After a brief entombment, it was reissued two years ago...and The Paris Review claims the title was never Dewitt’s first choice anyway. A novel about coincidence, human potential, artists and creators vs. consumers of art, quests...and more! 💙✨ “There is a strange taboo in our society against ending something merely because it is not pleasant-- life, love, a conversation, you name it, the etiquette is that you must begin in ignorance & persevere in the face of knowledge, & though I naturally believe that this is profoundly wrong it's not nice to go around constantly offending people.” #helendewitt#thelastsamurai#amreading#fiction#samurai#bookshelf#abudhabi#uae#bookstagram#americanliterature#theparisreview#dewitt#debutnovel#literature#literaturequotes
Przy okazji spontanicznej wycieczki kolejowej z żoną dokończyłem w końcu "Jenny" Erskine'a Caldwella (w przekładzie Krystyny Tarnowskiej). Bardzo dobrze się zestarzała ta proza, bo autor odznacza się nie tylko przenikliwością i poczuciem humoru, ale też ogromną wrażliwością na ludzką krzywdę i niesprawiedliwość. Można mu, być może, zarzucić miejscami dydaktyzm i brak subtelności, szczególnie w konstruowaniu postaci negatywnych, ale wspomniane wyżej atuty, jak również barwność języka (doskonale oddana, a może i spotęgowana przez Tarnowską) i wartkość fabuły pozwalają przymknąć na to oko. A poza tym trudno się dziś z pozycją Caldwella w bardzo wielu punktach nie zgadzać, a pisał w czasach, gdy jego poglądy na rasę, płeć et cetera nie były takie oczywiste. Niekiedy wciąż nie są. #erskinecaldwell#jenny#jennybynature#literaturaamerykańska#americanliterature#książki#books
Good morning! My reading of Nightmares and Dreamscapes is going sluggish, the short stories aren't that short and the time that I have available isn't enough to get done with the book by the end of the year. At the moment I'm reading the story "Dedication" and to be true some of the tales simply don't appeal to me with a lot of unnecessary chaff. When the connection occurs I only stop reading by the end of the story, can't simply put the book down, but in this case, well, magic isn't happen on the majority of the tales. 😔 At least I love its cover and by the end of my reading I hope to have found some more appealing content in it.
Earlier today I completed my first trek through Dennis Cooper’s “George Miles Cycle.” I have no excuse for having waited this long to read them (I had previously enjoyed Wrong and The Marbled Swarm, so these have been on my radar for many years now), and I have little to say other than that reading them all back to back made for one of the most simultaneously thrilling and uncomfortable reading experiences I’ve had in years. (The only thing I can really compare it to was the time I read the entirety Peter Sotos’ Proxy over a span of a week, but this wasn’t nearly as traumatic; plus these actually had some humorous aspects, however dark, and the author’s compassion for these twisted and tortured young characters is almost always quite evident.) Anyway, I’m glad to have finally read these. Cooper is terrific and I’ll certainly be reading more of his work in the future. #denniscooper#closer#frisk#try#guide#period#americanliterature#transgressivefiction#grovepress
ARAPHEL : OR, THE FALLING STARS OF 1833 : A STORY OF EVOLUTION Crozier, Robert Haskins Richmond VA: Presbyterian Publishing, 1884. Novelized discussion of the tension between Christian faith and evolution. "The object of this volume is to show that there is no conflict between the Bible and Science. To make the discussion as interesting as possible, it is mingled with the incidents of a story, whic hwe assure the reader is founded on facts." Mississippi minister and novelist's work reconciling the tension between literal biblical interpretations and the breakthroughs in science symbolized by Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. #oldbooks#antiquarianbooks#bookcoverdesign#darwinism#theoryofevolution#evolution#biblicalliteralism#creationism#americanliterature#americanlit#faith https://www.mikeslibrary.com/pages/books/11360
SMITH : A SYLVAN INTERLUDE Cabell, James Branch New York: Robert M McBride, 1935. Illustrated by Arthur Hawkins Jr dj design. "With this volume Branch Cabell continues the dream trilogy which he began with his novel "Smirt". In this new dream Smirt has fallen from his high estate as supreme god and finds himself a mere local diety, called Smith, ruling over the enchanted forest of Branlon." #jamesbranchcabell#arthurhawkins#arthurhawkinsjr#djart#americanliterature#americanlit#trilogy#vintagebooks https://www.mikeslibrary.com/pages/books/11364
There’s something about a Saturday that makes me want to quote Joan Didion. After the rush of the week, her words do really slow you down, stretch the minutes and ask you to savor the spaces in between the things that demand your attention (Which reminds me of Czech writer Hrabal’s sentence about sucking words like they were lollipops. I am sure, I’m misquoting him. Wait, here’s that quote: “Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol”). . . And here’s the Didion passage (from Slouching Towards Bethlehem), that I wanted to share with you all, where she talks about falling in love with New York: . “I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.” . . Can’t wait for you all to get your hands on this adorable edition of Didion’s classic. #literaturelover#bookish#booksforbreakfast
I stand at my kitchen counter in my condo, cutting onions with a large knife. I'm not the fastest onion cutter, but I'm not bad. At FCI Greenville, I was the fastest on the whole camp, until a professional chef transferred to the facility. He had been convicted of stabbing his wife to death, along with the man she was having an affair with. I didn't care about any of that though; I just wanted him to show me how to use a knife at breakneck speed. And he did—inside the kitchen as a novice chef, and outside the kitchen as a self-defense weapon. . "What'chu making?" Nysha asks me, as she saunters into my kitchen and hugs me from behind. She doesn't let go; she just holds me with the side of her face pressed against the prison tattoos on my bare back. . She has on one of my shirts, a light blue Brunello Cucinelli button-up. At her wrists, the barrel cuffs are unbuttoned and splay out past her knuckles. . I just have on a pair of black silk boxers. . "I'm making brisket with herb-roasted onions," I answer her, as I continue speed-chopping the onion. . "How do you cut so fast? I could never ever do that, no matter how hard I tried." . "It's all in the wrist. The trick is to not cut all the way through on your horizontal cuts, so you'll have something to hold on to on your verticals." . Excerpt from: 🔥🔥 "TWO GIRLS ONE THUG VOL. 3" 🔥🔥 by Jordan Belcher! Order today on Kindle or paperback! . . . . #urbanfiction#urbanbooks#urbanlit#streetlit#streetfiction#goodreads#librarybooks#bookstore#mustread#americanliterature#readersofinstagram#readmore#bookcover#lovetoread#readinglist
Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was originally serialised in the San Francisco Chronicle and follows the lives of a diverse set of people who all live in the same apartment complex. This is the first book in the series, which I read for a course at University, and is a series that I’d love to continue with. I’m currently composing a #tbrlist for 2019 and this, and at least a few of the subsequent books, will most likely be on it! Are there any series that you’d like to revisit in 2019?