Decisions Decisions

25 Apr

Ugh, guys, I’m behind. I know! I can almost hear your complaints: “But Kira! I was so excited to read your review of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? I canceled all of my other appointments!”

It’s unfair, I agree, but times they are busy and despite speed-reading Post-Blackness in the interest of not having to carry it around on the train anymore—I’ve been getting some weird looks—I still haven’t quite managed to plow my way through. Of course, it didn’t help that I spent the weekend entertaining my Dad (Mets game, Jersey Boys, Harlem Gospel Choir, the usual), and/or back-watching episodes of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, which I am freaking in love with. Listen, sometimes life—and reality shows about rednecks with duck-based businesses—takes over.

So I promise I’ll be up and running next week, but in the meantime could use a little help from the peanut gallery. I’ve had an interesting run of books lately—from erotica to rock-and-roll memoir to a social commentary on race relations—so perhaps it’s time for some outside input. Otherwise who knows, maybe I’d end up choosing this or worse, THIS.

Here’s what I’m mulling over….

  • The Portable Dorothy Parker. This goes back to my Fran Liebowitz claim that there are all kinds of New Yorkers I should probably already know about but don’t. Fran and Dorothy are often mentioned in tandem, and Gossip Girl made a Dorothy Parker reference the other day, so obviously it’s time I get on board.
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m probably the last person on the planet to not have read this, but the movie is on demand now, and I refuse to watch it without having read the book.
  • The Last Testament: A Memoir. This looks hilarious, and would continue my now week-long tradition of soliciting confused looks on the subway. I’m not a huge fan of God’s past work, but you know…don’t judge a book by its deity.
  • The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. I loved Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, so it goes without saying that I plan to read all his other books, starting with this one.

So what are we thinking? Have your own suggestions? Lemme know.

3 Responses to “Decisions Decisions”

  1. Maciej (@YesMoreMaciej) April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I love Dorothy Parker soooooooo much.

  2. Marisa April 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I haven’t read any of them. However, from why I hear, you should read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

  3. Pat Bindrim April 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    How about a blast from the past… just looked up three of my all-time faves, all published many years ago. I would strongly recommend: M.M. Kaye’s ‘The Far Pavillions,” T.H. White’s ‘The Once and future King’ (you may have read in HS?) and ‘The Antagonists’ by Ernest K. Gann. The first two are a time commitment in the tradition of ‘sweeping epic novels.’ Two are out of print but I was able to track down used copies on Amazon. I read all of these in the 70s and they have remained on my ‘all time favorite’ list- so now I feel that my library is complete! : )

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