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I am currently reading Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.

 

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I am about halfway through The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel, by Tea Obreht on my kindle. So far I am really enjoying it. I have also picked up a collection of short stories by Lorrie Moore called Birds of America. I like her erratic writing style. For poetry I am reading Collected Poems by Robert Bly. He is definitely one of my new favorites!
Here is a link to one of his more recent poems on The Writer’s Almanac:
The Blind Old Man

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Birthdays!

Today is the birthday of two of my favorite authors: Saul Bellow and Maurice Sendak. My favorite Bellow book is Henderson the Rain King. My favorite Sendak book is Where the Wild Things Are!

HendersontheRainKing

Henderson the Rain King

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

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Ok, so when I first saw this book I thought “Seriously? They have gone too far!” But then I picked it up and began to read it… and I was hooked! It seems like a bad combination but somehow it works. The original text is simply infused with zombie action. So if you liked the original, and don’t mind a dose of ridiculousness, then you will probably love this book. There is not as much “ultraviolent zombie mayhem” as I was led to believe, well at least not as much as most zombie movies, but there is a decent amount of “bone-crunching” zombie action.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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They were talking about John Cheever on the radio today (I think it was PRI). As I listened I was reminded of some of my favorite Cheever stories. He was mainly a short story writer with sort of a surrealist style. His most famous story is probably “The Enormous Radio”, a story about a couple whose radio lets them hear their neighbors conversations. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1979.

By far my favorite Cheever story is “The Swimmer”. The story begins on a light note as the main character, a man named Neddy, decides to get home by swimming through all of his neighbors pools. However, the story becomes progressively more dark as he journeys home. His neighbors begin to make cryptic remarks to him and the nice summer weather begins to get colder and colder. By the time he reaches his home he finds it abandoned as if a lifetime has passed. It really is a wonderful and moving story and I will highly recommend it.

You can read the full story of “The Swimmwe” online here: http://shortstoryclassics.50megs.com/cheeverswimmer.html.

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