Archive for the ‘reads’ Category

… a birthday party. The host was turning five, a big occasion. I’d missed my own because of the coma, but I wasn’t looking forward to it because I anticipated a sombre affair, you know, when a child’s innocence shows signs of strain and the five-year-old begins, with sadness and alarm, to question why he’s […]

I was trying to get a feel of whether I should go and read Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (just because I’m madly in love with the title) so I went to Amazon and found the above gem. Yes! Truth! These old-male-writers-as-institutions thing is a bit annoying. There’s a good reason why I never touched them […]

Chickens in New York A choice quote: “This crazy guy keeps buying them from the market — some animal-rights guy, but I think he’s messed up in the head — and he keeps leaving them here,” Mr. Newcomb said. “He thinks he’s saving them, but it’s not like they’re safe around here. Somebody told me […]

NYT stuff


on a morning where I’m half doing work and half listening to 42. The Initiation of a Young Rock Impresario As always, I flinch when I read about someone who’s younger than I am (Sean Carlson is 23) but I am trying to turn that response into something useful. Carlson likes to give hugs. (watch […]

Fish sauce


Books always make me hungry. I read Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (I will never stop pointing out how beautiful that title is) and I desperately needed some ice tea. I’ve been reading Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s Sightseeing, which made me seriously want that fried rice that Thai Express claims was Chulalongkorn’s favourite dish. […]



“We were discussing happiness, I believe. I was telling you about myself. Incidentally, I just used the word ‘happiness’. Tell me, why is it that even when we are enjoying music, for instance, or a beautiful evening, or a conversation in agreeable company, it all seems no more than a hint of some infinite felicity […]

slate (!) is partnering with nyu’s creative writing program (!) for a writers on writing video series. yay. first up is the dude who wrote my favourite book so far this year: See interview here. I’m currently reading William Boyd’s Any Human Heart, which I bought on a whim a couple of months ago … […]