El Listo del Read-o
Well I chipped away at a couple of books on my reading list – dwindling said list from 130 to 127 long, give or take. So, with an already lengthy and overwhelming lineup of books to get through, this week I took the only logical course of action in such a situation…and bought more books.
Here’s the rundown (in no particular order):
1. Past Time by Jules Tygiel
Past Time explores “Baseball as History” and the impact the national pasttime has had on society from the first professional leagues in the late 19th century after the Civil War and through two World Wars. Seems pretty interesting.
2. A Model World by Michael Chabon
This is one of two short story collections from Chabon, and the last book that he has available that I had yet to acquire. Everything else of his is fabulous, and I suspect this will be no different.
3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
I started reading this after a suggestion from a co-worker who is a big Murakami fan. So far, it carries two parallel plots, one in the form of official statements and interviews in an investigation in 1940s Japan. Murakami has a pleasantly smooth style that comes across as eloquent yet very natural, and the primary character (a 15 year old who looks 17 running away from home and dubbing himself “Kafka”) displays a voice both slightly precocious yet aware of his increasing maturity.
4. The 2007 O.Henry Prize Stories
This short story collection combines the best stories of the year, encompassing all topics and styles. As a proponent of the short story as a more clear and apparent method of displaying literary skill, this is almost a must-have.
5. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
All of her stories published including “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” which I remember from a high school english class my junior year. We never read the last quarter of the story, but instead were supposed to speculate on the ending on the basis of our expectations of what authors typically do with their plots. Then we wrote that speculation; mine came complete with flawless dialect.