Another week, another batch of books to add to your must-read list! Fret-not, with winter break around the corner, getting through the list will be a total breeze, and if not, there's always next year!More
I'm Very Into You: correspondence 1995-1996. This intimate epistolary story is comprised of emails, but emails before email became less novelty than utility. Long emails, like letters, because people were still writing letters and email just made it faster. Kathy Acker likes McKenzie Wark. She thinks McKenzie Wark might like her back. The halting, at times tragic, nature of communicating with a new lover has never been better illustrated. I feel so grateful these two big brains let us in on their secret selves."
I tend to read books slowly. I put them down often, jump from title to title, always privileging the exigencies of everyday life over the pull of a fictive world. Not so with Interpreter of Maladies, the first short story collection to win a Pulitzer, by Jhumpa Lahiri. The stories' meditate on the experiences of diasporic Indian families. Each one is masterfully brief, and crafted from beautifully terse sentences that make my heart jump. My favorite of the nine stories that make up the collection is "Sexy." In it, a seven-year-old boy, Rohin, through his innocent yet deeply felt observation, drives his baby sitter to give up a forbidden romance.