The annual Brooklyn Book Festival is happening this year on September 12. I hope to sprout wings and fly there because then I could chill out with Thurston Moore, Rob Sheffield, and Peter Straub (whose horror books I was reading at age…whatever age 6th grade is).
Also I could tell Michael Connelly that he is part of the problem and to PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST STOP.
I’ve read 22! WOO! There are things I would add, things I would take off but can I say how refreshing it is that this list isn’t 100% white dudes? Obvs I don’t know the gender/nationality of everyone on here and there is always work to be done, but still. That’s awesome.
Also: If you haven’t read Bel Canto, it comes highly recommended by me. SO GOOD!
I am about 2/3 of the way through House Of Leaves, and I am decidedly not enjoying it nearly as much as I did the first time I read it, nearly ten years ago. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that is annoying me. I remember actually being genuinely frightened the first time I read it. Staring at the corners of the walls of my house and incessantly wondering “what if”. Now I feel completely bogged down by the meta academia and scientific tangents. Maybe it’s because it’s summer, and I just want a damn good story, not a labyrinth to follow.
Either way, I find myself desperate to finish, and it kind of makes me sad.