I’m still enjoying Augustus by John Williams. You could even say that I’m savoring it. It’s been so humid and disgusting here that I’m having a hard time reading or doing anything. But this book is good, fantastic I’ll even say. I’m heading down to the Philadelphia area tomorrow so I won’t be blogging. Here are a few links of interest to keep you busy:
- Another lovely piece on David Wroblewski, this one focusing on dogs. He is as charming as his picture makes him seem.
- Martin Clark received a rave review in the LA Times. Nice! He’ll be in Cambridge at my store on July 31st FYI.
- Sadly, I have to report the closing of Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard due to a nasty fire in the building next door.
- I don’t want to hype a negative review, but there was something so funny to Dwight Garner’s review of Ark of the Liberties in today’s NYT.
They also stand out because, by the time you are only a short distance into â€œArk of the Liberties,â€ sparks and light are already in painfully short supply. You may already have acquired, in fact, that sinking feeling that comes with the realization that you are in for a long, slow, dithering ride. Youâ€™ve bought a wet pack of Camels…These phrases give this book the flop-sweat feel of a sophomore padding out a term paper; all thatâ€™s missing are the large type, the wide margins and a reeking pile of Red Bull empties…Mr. Widmer scores bonus anti-style points for the nonironic deployment of the word â€œpoppycock.â€
This weekend I read Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and really loved it. Next up is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and then 100 Years of Solitude, which for some unknown reason I’ve never read…really looking forward to it.
I’ve got to agree about the hot and humid weather being miserable…I’m in South Florida and it’s nearly too hot to sit poolside with a good book!
I agree about Augustus, it is pretty fantastic and the 1973 NBA winner as well, but his novel Stoner is one-of-a-kind and one of the very best novels that no one’s read.
Thanks for the nice mention. Safe travels.