I’m going to quit apologizing for the silence here. Life gets really busy sometimes and there’s not much you can do. often feel like a slacker because I don’t post something everyday, but I rationalize it by saying that one well-thought-out post is worth more than many hastily written ones. I think this is true.
I’m also in somewhat of a reading slump. I’m still reading a lot, but none of the books have been really great. I read Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek the other day. A fast read, but not meaty enough for me. Now I’m almost through with Jennifer Belle’s Little Stalker, which I picked up for the cool cover. The jacket description makes the book sound light: A thirty-something Manhattan writer in search of a man, blah blah blah, but it’s actually quite a bit more interesting. The protagonist seems truly disturbed. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out yet, but I’m enjoying it at least.
I still feel like I’m missing something though, a book that I’m truly excited about. A book where if I’m reading it, Mr. Bookdwarf has to wave his hand in front of my face to get my attention. A book that will make me miss my subway stop in the morning on the way to the store. I’m in the middle of buying for the Fall season and there are a ton of good books coming. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such strong lists from so many publishers. I bought Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Picador, Holt, and some others yesterday. Now I’ve got a copy of Denis Johnson’s new book Tree of Smoke—it’s huge. I haven’t read Jesus’ Son. Am I missing out? Do I need to read this before embarking on his forthcoming book?