Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, February 23, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, February 18, 2015
In the Mission District, on the way to a Gay Shame meeting (their website says that Gay Shame is a celebration of resistance and that all are welcome)
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, February 16, 2015
The Moon and Sixpence, by William Somerset Maugham. It's based on the life of the painter, Gauguin.
Four months ago he read Maugham's Of Human Bondage, which is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's life, and has been on a Maugham kick ever since. He's read about 40 of his books so far.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing, by William Sargant, which she highly recommends. She's reading it because, at the moment, she is "writing two articles about the sad mechanics of brainwashing and mind wars in Russia."
As for the favorite book of all time question, she said it's impossible to answer, but that today, it's War and Peace, by Tolstoy.
Zarina Zabrisky herself, if I could ferret it away and put it on my blog. She's one of my favorite people to see at literary readings because she's so dynamic. There were also pictures on FB with this one of her screaming around the store on a scooter.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, February 09, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, February 09, 2015
A couple of authors he reads a lot of are Christopher Rice (son of Anne Rice), who writes thrillers and mysteries; and Émile Zola, a 19th century French novelist.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, February 04, 2015
On Valencia Street
Before this she read God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy, which was recommended by her friend who has a Tumblr called Books and Places to Read (I think that's what she said). Before that she read The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
The best book she's read recently is Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which is set in post-war Barcelona and is about a conflicted author, and love, and has a forgotten book library.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, February 02, 2015
Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Before this she read We the Animals, by Justin Torres, which is about family and growing up Puerto Rican in New York. She really recommends it.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 26, 2015
At Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Eating Club, translated as The Dinner Club in the English edition, is mystery/thriller about city people who move to a village and find friends who they have dinners with, and then they get mixed up in affairs and murder.
A notable Dutch author they told me about, other than Saskia Noort who is also the woman on the left's favorite, is Suzanne Vermeer, who writes thrillers. I looked this up on Wikipedia and Suzanne Vermeer was a pseudonym for Paul Goeken, but after he died in 2011 the publishing company kept the name and an unknown writer or writers are, you could say, ghost writing???
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 19, 2015
One of his favorite books is Sea-wolf, by Jack London. (Do you notice a theme here?)
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 12, 2015
The best book he read in 2014 was a biography of Winston Churchill. He said that he likes to read about history from different perspectives, that we get used to reading about historical events from our own country's historians.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, January 05, 2015
The woman on the left, reading Fugitive Pieces, her favorite book is In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje, which is the prequel to The English Patient. The woman reading Truth, her favorite book is either The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, or The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. And, the woman on the right, she's holding the family's new puppy.
Of note, if you ever plan on swimming in a river in Australia, at least in this part of the country, there are no water snakes. I did get my toe nibbled on by a skink, though (on land).
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 31, 2014
She's here in Australia finishing her semester of study abroad, studying business at the University of Sydney, and will soon be returning to the cold winter of Sweden. She remarked that while she's been here she'd notice the few degrees in temperature difference between places around Australia - colder on the south coast - but that will be nothing compared to the 25 degree (Celsius) difference when she returns home.
She's been reading in English because it's hard to find Swedish books here. One of her favorite Swedish authors is Astrid Lindgren, who wrote the Pippi Longstocking books.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 29, 2014
One of her favorite books is Poppy, by the Australian author, Drusilla Modjeska. It's a book she's loaned out several times and still likes having on her bookshelf. It's a story that the author wrote about her mother, from facts and imagination.
She also really liked The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan, though she found it more difficult to read. The book won the 2014 Man Booker prize. It's about an Australian doctor and is about World War II and it's effects, and love. Richard Flanagan is considered one of Australia's best contemporary novelists.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, December 22, 2014