Tuesday, December 27, 2005

P-town reading lists . . .

. . . are more or less complete, but as any reader knows, temptation lurks until the door is closed. Richard is all set with his Christmas book (the new Scott Turow) and his Hanukkah book (Schickel's bio of Elia Kazan). I'm bringing Colm Toibin's The Master, Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi, Suketu Mehta's Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb, The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard, and Kipling's Kim. Miss Pod is contributing the new Sue Grafton and Jane Dunn's bio of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Any bets as to what will be finished and what will be completely ignored? I hope everyone has a great New Year.

10 comments:

shewhousuallydoesn'tdothistypeofthing said...

I am betting Diane Schoemperlen will be ignored but I am supremely indifferent. I am busy taking the penicillin to Sitka, Alaska and cannot be bothered with trivialities.

Boy'sOwnPaper said...

Take along a copy of Hatchet.

shewhousuallydoesn'tdothistypeofthing said...

Thank you very much but I have lived in a small hut seventy miles north of Yellowknife for the last fifty seven years with only a changing host of sled dogs to keep me company and I have no need for the imaginary antics of lost boys.

shewhousuallydoesn'tdothistypeofthing said...

P.S. Do we ALL get more than one blog name?

N. Werlin said...

After you read THE MASTER, read David Lodge's AUTHOR, AUTHOR. I liked them both, but preferred the David Lodge, and it's fascinating to watch two very talented writers work with exactly the same material.

Also, once you start thinking about Henry James, you might as well keep thinking about him.

shewhousuallydoesn'tdothistypeofthing said...

I just saw Memoirs of a Geisha and I have to apologise, Roger. I think you were, if anything, too kind. I don't believe I could find a sixth grade girl who would care either. Likewise just saw The March of the Penguins which was similarly disappointing. Now if you could just get those geishas to march over seventy miles of Antarctic ice to their ancestral breeding grounds, THAT would be a movie. Maybe this should be a new blog topic. Take two disappointing movies from 2005 and make of them one good film.

shewhousuallydoesn'tdothistypeofthing said...

It shouldn't be too difficult either, the penguins' and the geishas' gaits are EXTREMELY similar. The only problem, as I see it, is that the geishas would lose focus and begin to try to please the cameramen. Training is everything.

Elizabeth said...

Roger, are you going to let us know what books you made it through? I picked up The Master yet again, but ended up reading Jennifer Weiner's GOOD IN BED--a great beach or Christmas break read.

Roger Sutton said...

It's just too embarrassing. I listened to a fair bit of my Australian mystery (Who Killed Bianca? by Emma Darcy) and, print-wise, was most strongly drawn to a paperback that I found in the house. Already I can't even remember the name but it involved a woman who comes to Key West in search of her missing sister, and there encounters Satanism and a sexy but vulnerable ex-cop. But I have this fabulous photo, with great literary import, I'll be posting as soon as Richard sends me the file.

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