Friday Reads

February 15, 2013

LoveStar by Andri Magnason— “This is a fantastical story with so many unique, mind-blowing details of life in a futuristic society – like a Democracy machine constantly polling citizens and people paying back debt by “howling” advertisements – but the futuristic elements are less about new technology and more about human behavior. It’s full of compassion for its characters and takes an honest and comical approach to universal human emotions and desires. And it’s been nominated for the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award, which will be announced on March 29th!”
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, translated by Lydia Davis– “I’ve just started it in honor of its centennial … but already the prose ripples like the pious pleating of a madeleine, as time loses its cohesion and crumbles to infinite morsels to be consumed, delicately, piece by piece, like that same cookie immersed in tea.”
Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian— “Comfort reading . . . with albatross eggs.”
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins— “I know I’m late to the game on this one, but after hearing about it for the longest time AND seeing the movie, this book was still so engaging that I didn’t want to put it down until I finished.”
Hiroshima, John Hersey— “I had to read the first chapter for a narrative journalism workshop in college and I’m just getting back to the rest of it now. A blurb from the back of my edition: “Nothing can be said about this book that can equal what the book has to say.” (NYT) A haunting account, and one that has taught me a great deal journalistically.”





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