Between Recent and Older Readings

A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World, Marcia Tucker, with help and editing from Liza Lou (Like Smith’s book below, I felt like there was a certain insistence on being clear about what it felt like to live her life and make the choices she made. She was a remarkable lady. I’m only sorry it took me this long to get to know her work.)

among others…

Older Reading

Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition, Robert Pogue Harrison (This book is remarkable.)

A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece, edited by Jane Jacobs (I picked this up at the Strand Annex closing sale, the Alaska connection and Jane Jacobs involvement made me buy it. It’s a great story, a remarkable portrait of the people who fulfilled America’s Dreams in the new territories.)

And many more…

Recommended Books

“But, after all, plans were the worst. They drained you of every bit of present life, until all you were was a containment building, and the ghost of yourself was lost on the vapors of the future, waiting to exist. Enough of that. Better to give up all personal qualities, all hopes, all plans, all dreams. Better to exist in a permanent startle, moments lighting up like sparks and flashing out, good-bye, good-bye, good-bye.”
Jane Smiley, Horse Heaven

Recommended Authors

“The author has final say among his or her own characters, but to control the interpretation of the story as it will be registered by the audience, the author can only persuade, manipulate, cajole, wheedle, intimidate, solicit, insult, flatter, bully, harangue, coax, shame, or otherwise appeal to or provoke the readers.”
Joseph Carroll in an essay for the book, The Literary Animal