books read: May
Trans-American Sketches by Ben Pease -- A short poetry chapbook that cohered and was beautifully crafted and well-written. Much enjoyed. Ben, when are you going to submit something to Gigantic Sequins already?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon – I read this at work and did enjoy it. Certain chapters read like appendices, yet the point of view called for such eccentricities. Had heard a lot about this book and was glad to read it. Its surface simplicity paved way for something deeper that made this more than just a book about a kid with Asperger’s trying to solve the mystery of a dead dog.
New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – Okay, yes, whatever. I finished the Twilight series, I enjoyed reading these books, and maybe someday I will read them again. Maybe I’ll even Netflix the movie and hate it. I am definitely writing a post-colonial interpretation of these. I even picked up my copy of Edward Said’s Culture and Imperialism to get some background… These books were highly entertaining and the characters are memorable. I am glad I read them, and I don't care what you think.
Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi – Not my favorite book. I started to read it alongside Zadie Smith for my thesis because Kureishi is a very popular ethnic (ugh, for lack of a better and more appropriate word) modern British writer. Unfortunately, his newest book is not his greatest. I should have picked up what I read is his masterpiece, The Buddha of Suburbia.
Egyptian Legends & Stories by M.V. Seton-Williams – I am reading up on my Egyptian mythology because I am going to
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco – This was my big read of the month. I had more to say about it during my reading process than I do after finishing it. There were too many proper nouns in this book. I liked the beginning and the end more than I liked the middle. This book is The Da Vinci Code for intellectuals. If you like books about secret societies / the Templars / The Holy Grail, and are into 700 page novels, you should read this eventually.
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine Pinch – I enjoyed this book’s analysis of the history and role of mythology in
NOTES FOR JUNE: I have plans to read The Savage Detectives (which I've started and am rather excited about) and a few more books on Egypt (including some fiction by Egyptian writers and hopefully some Egyptian poetry) before I leave. I haven't yet decided what to read while I'm in Egypt though! Nothing too heavy (as in weight and subject-matter) ... I will be on a plane for a long time and then in another country (for the first time!) both being a tourist and relaxing, and then on a plane for a long time again. Any suggestions? I will probably bring a book of poetry and two works of fiction. Though, as I have already said, I haven't yet decided...