Recently Read and Recommended

A few books I’ve recently read and would recommend to other readers:

From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar

Motes by Craig Dworkin

Unheard Music by Craig Dworkin (PDF)

Core Samples from the World by Forest Gander

Ambient Parking Lot by Pamela Lu

The Goodbye Town by Timothy O’Keefe

Looking Around by Witold Rybczynski

Makeshift Metropolis by Witold Rybczynski

Dust: The Archive and Cultural History by Carolyn Steadman

The Voice of the River by Melanie Rae Thon

Driven to Abstraction by Rosmarie Waldrop

The Fast by Hannah Weiner

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf

Slow Man

“It is like a sea beating against his skull. Indeed, for all he knows he could already be lost overboard, tugged to and fro by the currents of the deep. The slap of water that will in time strip his bones of the last sliver of flesh. Pearls of his eyes; coral of his bones.”
— J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man

Summer Reading

“The wind roars up the avenue. Trees stoop and bend this way and that. Moonbeams splash and spill wildly in the rain. But the beam of the lamp falls straight from the window. The candle burns stiff and still. Wandering through the house, opening the windows, whispering not to wake us, the ghostly couple seek their joy.”
–Virginia Woolf, “A Haunted House”

Summer Reading

“They were filled with rage. All they really knew were two darknesses, the darkness of their lives, which was now closing in on them, and the darkness of the movies, which had blinded them to that other darkness, and in which they now, vindictively, dreamed, at once more together than they were at any other time, and more alone.”
–James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”