Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 29, 2015
The friend (on the right side of the hammock) who recommended Mother Night has been a Kurt Vonnegut fan since high school when a girl turned him on to Breakfast of Champions. Mother Night is now his favorite book. He hasn't read it for a while, but told me that his favorite scene is when the character Campbell is hiding out in New York and then his wife shows up, who he's been separated from and then, he finds out something that, he said, completely blows your mind (I won't write what here).
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 22, 2015
He is reading The Physics of Star Trek, by Lawrence M. Krauss. He enjoys reading books about science, and is a Star Trek fan. His favorite authors are Churchill (also), Ayn Rand, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wordsworth (see note below), and Ernest Hemingway. He said he couldn't think of a better story than Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.
Note about Wordsworth: Last summer I visited his cottage in Grasmere, England, where they had to keep the mutton fat candles in a box at night so the rats wouldn't eat them (beeswax cost too much).
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At Sequoia National Park, sitting next to the campfire before dinner
She told us stories about how Muir climbed a tree in a wind storm to ride it back and forth over the forest. This reminded me of JMW Turner, the landscape painter, who had himself tied to a ship mast to better experience the sea.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, May 25, 2015
The night before he was sitting on the bear bin reading a book his sister brought along about why Star Wars is so popular. He was reading it because he finds that he can't read too many short stories in a row.
One of his favorite books is Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon, though he admitted that he wasn't "fully present" through all of it. (A few years ago I interviewed a reader whose page-by-page illustration of Gravity's Rainbow was shown at the Whitney. Here's the post.) He likes Pynchon's other books, too, like The Crying of Lot 49, which he read in High School. Something good he read recently was House of Leaves, a horror/love story, by Mark Danielewski.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, May 25, 2015
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I've decided to post just once a week. See you on Monday!
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He is reading The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt. His favorite author is R.A. Salvatore, who wrote the Dark Elf fantasy trilogy. He said that the battle scenes are especially good because of how he describes strategy and weapons.
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The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, by Lynne Olson, about the alliance between Britain and the United States in World War II.
When he was a kid his favorite author was Lucius Beebe, whose railroad books he enjoyed. He went on to tell me that Beebe was a journalist and writer of books in the 1930s and 40s and that he wrote a society column as "Mr. New York" in the Herald Tribune, and later moved to Virginia City, Nevada where he revamped a newspaper that Samuel Clemons wrote for (not at the same time -- Clemons wrote for it in the 1860s)!
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, April 27, 2015
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and the Half-Blood Prince), the sixth book in the series, by J.K. Rowling, translated by Gemma Rovira Ortega.
She is a human rights lawyer and sometimes has Spanish speaking clients, so she's reading this (and has read the previous five, too) in Spanish to improve her language skills. When she was a child she read these books in English.
Her favorite author is John Steinbeck and her favorite of his books is East of Eden.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, April 20, 2015
In the Mission District
Alarcón, who lives in San Francisco, and is a Peruvian American, but already had too many books.
Her favorite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, which she read when she was nine. A scene that sticks out in her mind is the one where Anne was being made fun of for having red hair so she tried to dye it blond (or auburn?), but it came out green.
Something good she read recently was Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, by Robert Reich, which talks about inequality, and the balance between democracy and capitalism. She said the book was really illuminating.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, April 15, 2015
He is reading The Man-Kzin Wars, created by Larry Niven, with Poul Anderson and Dean Ing.
One of his favorite books is Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, April 13, 2015
Something good she read recently was...
I was wearing a splint for my sprained wrist and didn't write it down. I thought I would be able to remember, but can't. Maybe the author Renata Adler? This is just a guess.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, April 08, 2015
He is reading Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie, which he got at Borderlands bookstore next to the park.
I am posting this over a month after taking this picture because I got caught up with getting married, and then I sprained my wrist. So, as a result, I'm looking at my notes about our interview jammed beneath notes on ice estimates, emailing students, and what to text relatives, and all I see is an author's name: Patrick Rutherford, and I'm not sure who this author is or what he means to the reader.
That's all. I'm back to posting again, though!
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, April 06, 2015