David of the fine Largehearted Boy website called my attention to Five Books, where various thinkers/writers/experts are asked to name what they believe are the five most important books on a given subject. The archives are fairly extensive; here’s some of what I tossed into Instapaper for later.
- A case for keeping links out of the body of a piece, and putting them at the end. (Roundups get a free pass. Right?) I have to agree.
- Alain de Botton, in a move likely to irritate internet junkies, suggests that we take a look at our informational intake and cut some calories. Agreed again; I slashed 1/3 of my Google Reader subscriptions the other day, and I feel as light as a feather.
- Interesting essay from way back (1903?) by Georg Simmel – The Metropolis and Modern Life – that might provide some insights into our wired present.
- The “last generation” of typewriter repairmen.
- Louis Armstrong: “What a Wonderful Surprise”
- A TED talk on the case for anonymity online. Don’t miss the comments.
Some interesting reading:
- Review: Ander Monson’s VANISHING POINT: NOT A MEMOIR (Graywolf Press) – “Over the last 25 years, the memoir — or The Story of My Life, as Vivian Gornick calls it — has become one of the major gestures of American writing. In direct opposition to the literal- minded, linear and epistemologically naïve nature of many such works, there has emerged in the last dozen years a vital countertradition, what John D’Agata labels the “lyric essay.” It’s a form with ancient roots. Hera clitus, anyone?…” Continue reading “NYT Sunday Book Review, 2010.4.18”
- I mentioned this in a couple of other places, but please have a look at my two newest book reviews, both at the Star Tribune newspaper in lovely Minnesota. Here and here.
- East Coast, looking for a last minute holiday recommendation for book gifting? Have a listen to Condalmo friend Michelle – she’ll be talking up some good books on the radio today. Here’s your link.
- There should be a new review up at Identity Theory this week.
- Have a look at this Christmas story.
- Finally, here’s hoping you are all having a good holiday.
- Laird Hunt’s excellent Ray of the Star gets a review at Bookforum. My review from The Quarterly Conversation was picked for the Powell’s Books Review-A-Day by the NBCC.
- Open Letters is serializing great big swaths of excerpt from The Discoverer, translated from the Norwegian by Barbara Haveland. I’ve been dipping into it this week, and now I want to read all three of the books.
- Darby recommends you put some TED.com in your pipe and smoke it.
- Logicomix has been keeping me up late at night.
I know things have been a bit dull here lately. My counseling practice caseload is edging toward capacity, and that takes up a lot of my time, both physically and mentally. I’ve also been working a little bit with life stories – I recorded some, years ago, and I need to do something with them before the cassettes on which they are recorded crumble into dust.
Plus, it’s been really nice outside. Can you believe this weather?
I did, however, cobble together the weekly Monday’s Margins roundup over at Identity Theory. Michele and I have been alternating weeks. You should go read it.
I might have some interesting things to write about here later this week, if time and the weather allow.