Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 2010 Reads

I loved May a lot. A lot, I tell you. It was Short Story Month 2010 in the intarwebz, and since short fiction holds a special place in my heart, I had to celebrate. I read a total of seven short story collection, and most of them were awesome. I read a lot of new-to-me […]

marginalia || On Folly Beach, by Karen White

Sometimes, a book just isn’t for you. Never mind that you had such good feelings about it, never mind that you chose it, never mind that you thought it’d hit the proverbial spot–after all, it is about books and sadness. Never mind that a lot of people really really really like this book. Kids, On […]

Lynn Freed, on the writing of fiction: “If it is done right, someone will be hurt.”

The role of ruthlessness itself—the sort of pathological ruthlessness that even the mildest of writers can reveal when having to choose between truth and decency—this, I would say, is primary. It involves not only the obvious indecencies, the revelation of bathroom habits and petty adulteries, but, more than this, the revelation, through the story, through […]

marginalia || Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte – pt. 03

Most true is it that “beauty is in the eye of the gazer.”  My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth,—all energy, decision, will,—were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an […]

book dump || You’ve Been A Very Very Bad Girl, Sasha – pt. 02

I told you I’d be back. So. The stack here’s what I haven’t read. Not yet. Rest assured that I will read them soon. Also, expect that a handful of books shall be added to this pile because, man, Friday is YaySalary Day, which is also [evilly enough] the first day of a Fully Booked sale. Augh. Or […]

book dump || You’ve Been A Very Very Bad Girl, Sasha – pt. 01

These are the books I have, erm, acquired in the past two months–from a lot of different places, a lot of different people. I would like to thank The Boss Boss for hiring a young, upstart writer, and letting her have her wicked way with books. Aherm. It’s difficult, but I do occasionally remind myself […]

marginalia || Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte – pt.02

[For those inclined, here’s Part 01 of the Rereading Jane Eyre series, which talks about: This long-awaited reunion. Things I’ve forgotten, things to remember. And, re the book itself (hee), Jane Eyre’s childhood.] I have realized that I am now older than the Jane Eyre that most appears in the novel. I am twenty-one. [Present] […]

marginalia || Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte – pt.01

. . . I believed in the existence of other and more vivid kinds of goodness, and what I believed in I wished to behold. An Introduction. Of Sorts. — What follows is, I am afraid, a rather self-indulgent post. I have reread what has to be my favoritest-est book ever. I have loved this book […]

marginalia || There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; selected and translated by Keith Gessen and Anna Summers

I don’t know when I first heard of the “scary fairy tales” of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. I’ve seen the cover of her book here and there in the blogosphere [how could you forget a cover like that?]; and when I saw There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby in the bookstore, […]

marginalia || Possession, by A.S. Byatt

For months he had been possessed by the imagination of her. She had been distant and closed away, a princess in a tower, and his imagination’s work had been all to make her present, all of her and the mystery, the whiteness of her, which was part of her extreme magnetism, and the green look […]