Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Vacation Reading Club


[Poster from the WPA Federal Art Project, artist unknown. Stamped on the back: May 25, 1939. Via the Library of Congress online exhibit By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943.]

I'm currently reading Allen Shawn's memoir Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life and Colson Whitehead's novel The Intutionist. What are you reading this May 25th?

comments: 6

Elaine Fine said...

I plan to put some quality time into Balzac by Graham Robb today.

Stefan said...

George Orwell's long essay, "Inside the Whale," J.S. Mill's longer essay, "On Liberty" and Proust's In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, translation by James Grieve. Thanks for asking.

Geo-B said...

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

(neurotic answer: they used to have Dewars' ads, where they would ask "Last Book Read" and "Latest Accomplishment." I always thought, what if you just cured cancer, but your actual latest accomplishment was finding that orange sock that's been missing for a month. Or you just read Moby Dick, but then you knocked off Lurid Tales of the Waterfront.
In a completely irrelevant aside, I can't identify the reason but I absolutely love that little cardboard thing they give you with your coffee cup so you won't burn yourself and that nonsense list of letters you have to type to prove you're a real human when you leave a comment.)

Jason said...

For me, it's _Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color_ by Victor Villanueva.

Anonymous said...

I have baseball on the brain:

Miko Kings by LeAnne Howe

and

Chief Bender's Burden by Tom Swift

Stefan said...

Anonymous--If you haven't already, check out Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times. Best. Baseball. Book. Ever.