Friday, July 07, 2006

Summer Reading List

Summer is flying by. Here are some titles I hope to read before the long days turn into early evenings.

-HOPSCOTCH by Julio Cortazar: The great put-it-together-in-any-order-you-want novel. Was loving it and thinking some sections (Berthe Trepat! The all-night jazz listening session!) were among the best I'd read anywhere ever. Then I got snagged in midair on a clothesline stretched between apartments in small town Argentina. Time to finish up.
-RIMBAUD by Graham Robb: biography of the 19th century punk poet, derranger of the senses, seasonal tourist in warm climes, and later African drop-out.
-UBIK by Phillip K. Dick: Summer and sand somehow mean sci-fi to me. This seems like a good place to dip my toe in the salty sea of Mr. Phillip. Paranoia-a-go-go.
-VIRTUAL LIGHT by William Gibson: Because I loved Neuromancer. And Pattern Recognition. And Idoru. And Count Zero.
-THE SONNETS by Ted Berrigan: 14 lines at a time is about my attention span these days.
-SKIPPER BEE BY by Ron Rege Jr.: Pictures without words. A graphic novel that seems to be inventing something close to a new language using pipe-smoking elephants and guitar-loving mice. Read it years ago and it boggled me. Newly reissued and time to revisit.
-CLOSER, FRISK, and TRY by Dennis Cooper: The first three parts of his five book "George Miles Cycle." I strongly suspect he's the best American writer putting pen to paper these days.


Blogger David E. Patton said...

you have a full list here but I hope that you may find the time to read my little chapbook that can be found online at
Its only 24 pages.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous EleventhVolume said...

Re: Hopscotch - me too! It's in my bag to read on the way to and from work again. I've made two attempts so far and got no further than about a third way through. It's brilliant writing and I really want to finish it, but wonder whether as I get older I've less gumption for challenging reading (I recently failed to get very far with Mark Z. Danielewski's latest, Only Revolutions). If you're a fan of non-linear fictions, I'd recommend Milorad Pavic's Dictionary of the Khazars - Borgesian in the best sense!

3:50 AM  

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