2018

What I'm Reading

The Kiss

By: Kathryn Harrison

I'm familiarizing myself with the work of some of the faculty who teach at CUNY. This memoir focuses on some very complicated family relationships.

Dead Letters

By: Caite Dolan-Leach

One of my Book of the Month selections. I picked it because the premise of two identical twin sisters dealing with a dysfunctional family and upbringing in such radically different ways seemed fascinating. Doesn't hurt that it's set around the Finger Lakes, which is where I went to college.

The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (obviously), edited by Frederic G. Kenyon

I have owned this book for at least four years and it's one of the most interesting ones in my collection because it was published and printed around 1897. I found it in the discount section of East Village Books. Even though I've owned it for as long as I have, I only just noticed it's supposed to be two volumes and I only have the first and I don't imagine books from 1897 are easy or cheap to come by, so I may never read volume 2?

Regardless, there are some interesting tidbits about this. 1. Did you know EBB had 8 brothers and the 7th and 8th were named Septimus and Octavius? Harsh. Also, the editor twists himself into an elaborate pretzel in the book's introduction, trying to convince us all that it's not bad that these private and presumably somewhat intimate communications are being shared publicly. It's made pretty clear that EBB would not have wanted this, but it's for the greater good anyway?

Update: Volume 2 is available as a Kindle file, so perhaps I will.

What I've Read

A Wrinkle in Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle

When I was a kid, I read all of the Time series. It includes A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. I think I had a much greater affinity then for young adult series like this, including The Chronicles of Narnia and The Dark is Rising. When I learned there's a movie in the works, I decided to reacquaint myself. If you're a Mallory Ortberg fan, this is relevant to your (and my) interests.

Many Waters

By: Madeleine L'Engle

Book 4 of the Time series.

Neverwhere

By: Neil Gaiman

I already read American Gods and I'm looking to further my exploration of Neil Gaiman's work. This apparently started out as a short-lived television show which Gaiman turned into a novel.

A Wind in the Door

By: Madeleine L'Engle

How can you sing with the stars?

An Acceptable Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle

The fifth and  final book in the Time series.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

By: Madeleine L'Engle

It's been enough years (probably close to 20) since I first read this book for me to forget how gorgeous and stunning a universe Madeleine L'Engle created in this series. The fantasy aspects of it - cosmic landscapes and time travel - are beautiful. Maybe even more striking, though, is the humanity she evokes with her writing as the main characters weave through time and space.

The Merry Spinster

By: Daniel Ortberg

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is one of my favorite writers and I think I've mentioned them here previously. Helen and I got to meet them in person! I managed to be only a little awkwardly starstruck while they signed my book and I blithered on about having embarrassing tabs open on browsers while sharing computer screens in a professional setting. It could've gone worse.