Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014: Reading


Darn. I'd intended to keep track of what I read in 2014 but quickly I forgot. 

So... just some random notes

I read a lot of graphics (novels, memoir, nonfiction)––my favorite is Fluffy by Simone Lia about a bunny oblivious to its human daddy's anxiety––and, this fall when I started my new job, books about dementia (once, both---the excellent graphic memoir Tangles by Sarah Leavitt). 

In a search for lighter reading, I tried and failed to like Joanna Trollope and Joanne Harris, but I did enjoy Meg Woliztzer, especially The Wife, a novel that's satisfyingly bitter, like turmeric.

Loved the early Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace, which triggered sensory memories of preliterate childhood, and MHL's far darker YA book Emily of Deep Valley.

I felt grateful to Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, also YA, for reflecting how I experienced internet fandom and girlhood, even though I didn't experience it until I was in my 40s.

Christopher Isherwood, The Sixties: Diaries 1960–1969
Some of his observations about life with his much younger (30 years?) lover, Don, remind me of life with Marz (though we're not lovers, she is 30 years younger than me).
Favorite line that made me and Marz laugh: "Do I hate Don?"

Marz and I listened to the audiobook of Wil Wheaton reading Redshirts by John Scalzi--a funny take-off on Star Trek

books by artist Maira Kalman
new discovery--poet Lorine Niedecker (thanks, Orange Crate Art!)

Ongoing: I continue to enjoy reading the obituaries in the Economist--never the same old thing

Right now I'm reading a collection of movie reviews by Pauline Kael. I've read many of them before but her sharp opinionated style is fun to read.

[Photos of me by Marz, who is always sneaking up on me.]


Zhoen said...

Have you read Eva Figes, Ghosts?

Zhoen said...

Oh, wait, no I meant Nellie's Version. Same author.

Fresca said...

I haven't read anything by Figes--today's my day off and I'm going to the library, so I'll look for her novels.

Michael Leddy said...

Re: LN: you’re welcome!

I saw M. Kalman in your photos. If you haven’t seen it, you should look up her treatment of The Elements of Style.

Don Bachardy is in the news—he has a book of portraits out. I heard him interviewed on Off-Ramp (LA radio show). He’s eighty now.

Fresca said...

I can't believe I've never sat down with Kalman's EofS--I'm sure I'd love it!

I just requested from the library "The Animals: Love Letters between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy" (2014), though in truth I don't exactly *like* either of them! But I'm nosy that way.