Wednesday Miscellany: Reading

Been trying to back off from the knitting for a bit so as to catch up on reading, but haven’t been able to penetrate some of the latest must-read titles. Bel Canto reads beautifully but elegaically, making it a bit of a slog; and Kite Runner, well, I just can’t seem to push past the first 50 pages. The Harlot’s book is clever, and I’ve been dipping in and out, and there are lots of juicy nuggets in the new “green” issue of Vanity Fair, but nothing has grabbed me by the throat and said, “Dude, read me or die.”

This comes the closest: One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi. It’s a fascinating memoir that spans the spiritual landscape of the ‘60s and ‘70s. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. But what the rabbi hasn’t explained is why he felt compelled to spend the better part of a decade on his tuchas? Maybe that comes later.

You guys reading anything?

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April 11. 2007 10:47


Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle (excellent), Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off (excellent). Eric Maisel's Ten Zen Seconds (excellent). I'm into variety. And Michael Ryder's Sheep and Man has *finally* been reprinted and I'm waiting for my copy to come from the U.K. At 850 pages, that should keep my busy for a decade.

Deborah Robson |

April 12. 2007 08:59


"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen.  A classic in polar literature.  and "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh...very helpful for the spirit.

John |

April 14. 2007 11:01


"Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. Not for the squeamish.

One I did recently enjoy that may have more universal appeal is Diana Abu-Jaber's "The Language of Baklava." It's a memoir of growing up Lebanese-American, with a strong focus on food.

Kitt |

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