Friday, August 31, 2007

Nobel Prize-Winning Novelists

As part of my long-anticipated post-retirement reading program, I've begun to seek out and read works by Nobel Prize winning novelists whose work I hadn't previously read. Over the past few months, I've read the following:

1968 -- Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes

1978 -- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Satan in Goray and The Magician of Lublin

1988 -- Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley, The Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street), and Arabian Nights and Days

2001 -- V. S. Naipaul, The Mystic Masseur, Miguel Street, and A House for Mr. Biswas

2006 -- Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Few More Additions to the Poetry Shelf

Science and Steepleflower by Forrest Gander
Fuck You -- Aloha -- I Love You by Juliana Spahr
The Alphabet of Desire by Barbara Hamby
Furious Cooking by Maureen Seaton
Glacier Wine by Maura Stanton
shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities by Olena Kalytiak Davis
The Snow Watcher by Chase Twichell
Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968 - 1993 by Heather McHugh
Chromatic by H. L. Hix
Interior with Sudden Joy by Brenda Shaughnessy
Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies by Charles Harper Webb
Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman
Still Life with Waterfall by Eamon Grennan
A Little White Shadow by Mary Ruefle
radi os by Ronald Johnson
Eunoia by Christian Bok
Crystallography by Christian Bok
i-ROBOT Poetry by Jason Christie
Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists by a. rawlings

Thursday, August 09, 2007

"20 Short Poems"

Saturday, August 04, 2007

12 Short Poems

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Some Recent Fiction Acquisitions

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
England, England by Julian Barnes
The Emigrants by S. E. Sebald
Austerlitz by S. E. Sebald
The Sea by John Banville
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith


And, replacing my disintegrating 1889 copy of one of my favorite casual-reading poems, a good paperback edition of William Cowper's The Task.