In the spirit of Friday Reads, we’d like to share our team’s current picks with you. With selections from memoir to picture books, poetry to classics, it’s safe to say that we’ve covered all the bases.
Justin is currently reading Graham Greene’s A Quiet American:
This passage (p. 94) reminded me an awful lot of another war:
“You and your like are trying to make a war with the help of people who just aren’t interested.”
“They don’t want communism.”
“They want enough rice […] They don’t want to be shot at. They want one day to be much the same as another…”
James, Executive Director of Publicity (and new dad), is reading A Loon Alone, by Pamela Love with Illustrations by Shannon Sycks:
It’s a subtle, dark meditation on loneliness and alientation in late twentieth-century American life, and the often futile longing for human connection in facing the void of human existence.
Gabrielle picked up Alison Bechdel’s new graphic memoir Are You My Mother? at BookCourt earlier this week:
A follow up to Fun Home, the memoir about her deceased father, Are You My Mother? tackles Bechdel’s complicated relationship with her mom. Heavily reliant on psychotherapy as a lens in which to view the mother-daughter relationship, Bechdel steps away from the colloquial in favor of a slower, more contemplative text.
With Bechdel’s work it’s easy to get wrapped up in the story, layered and weaving through time, but just like the meticulously crafted Fun Home, the illustrations in Are You My Mother? are beyond brilliant.
Read a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Maud Newton at the Barnes & Noble book blog.
Among other things, Darin is reading Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, by Rosecrans Baldwin, out last month from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Jonah Lehrer’s latest book, Imagine.
Kianoosh suggests Lina Mounzer’s “The Meaning of Being Numerous” up at Warscapes, Benjamin Kunkel’s review of Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan and Debt by David Graeber up at the London Review of Books, and “Patrick White’s underappreciated epic The Eye of the Storm.”
Noting that she is also reading multiple submissions, Elizabeth is taking on Hector Abad’s Oblivion.
With his fingers in all of the pies as usual, Kolt is reading quite an array, including Calvin Tomkins’ Off the Wall, in addition to Anne Carson’s Plainwater and Carl Phillips’ Double Shadow:
Much to the effect of electromagnetic therapy, when I read Anne Carson’s work, I feel as though my circuitry has been rerouted, an imbalance has been righted. Plainwater takes us to the precipice of language and form, and enlightens us along the way.
“Late to the bandwagon as always,” Alaina is about to crack open Teju Cole’s Open City.
Senior editor David is buried in submissions and is very much looking forward to having The Great Gatsby read to him in the form of Gatz at the Public Theater.
And last but not least, Elianna’s pick is James Joyce’s Dubliners, ”a little throwback for the Friday morning commute.”