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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Summer Reading

The weather is beautiful and your patio is calling you to sit, relax, and delightfully fall into a new book. If you don't have a patio, your balcony is calling you. If you don't have a balcony, your rocking chair is calling you. If you don't have a rocking chair, your bed is calling you (though. be wary. You may fall asleep and miss exciting book adventures while splayed out on your bed). If you don't have a bed, the park is calling you...
In any case, something somewhere is calling you and you MUST read a book!

You could read Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes. I hold that Vowell is capable of making any topic interesting, but the Americanization of Hawaii is especially fascinating. You will learn of Hawaiian royalty, sugar barons, Bible-thumpers, and fire-bombing whalers.

But is it fiction you want? Albert Brooks' (Nemo himself) Twenty Thirty: The Real Story of What Happens to America looks into the not-so-distant future and posits our destiny. Reading this book, you realize how doomed we are...

I don't know if I can read a whole novel right now, you lament, novel's are too longg. Alright... May I suggest Orientation by Daniel Orozco? It's a book of short stories, looking at an array of characters and their experiences living in contemporary America; each story containing the scope and potential of a killer novel.

Lastly, you may not have asked for this book, but I'm going to give it to you anyways. Milan Kundera's Encounter is a series of essays recounting Kundera's take on art and artists. Iannis Xenakis, Francis Bacon, the Surrealists, and Gabriel Garia Marquez are but a few subjects he engages with. Please don't argue with me. Kundera is the best.

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