2010 Reading List Update

Currently reading:
American Tabloid by James Ellroy
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (I think I’m the last person on the Milwaukee Ave. bus to read this.)

Read:
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (re-read)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Ravens by George Dawes Green
Fear and Loathing in America: The Gonzo Letters, Volume II 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
Dr. Hackenbush Gets a Job by Ginger Mayerson
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (re-read)
Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra
Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (re-read)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins (re-read)
You Are There by Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi
The Chicago of Europe and Other Tales of Foreign Travel by Mark Twain
Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker

2010 Reading List Update

Gratitude

In the last few weeks, I’ve gone to three concerts, two of them on “school nights,” (including last night’s Marnie Stern show at The Empty Bottle) and I’ve enjoyed every moment. Last year at this time I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything that required me to do more than sit in a chair or lie down somewhere.

I’m so grateful to have my life back, and have the energy to stay up until 2:00 a.m., then get up at 6:30 and go to work. Yes, my legs feel like they’re a hundred years old, and my ears are still ringing, but that will pass.

If time permits, I’ll share some photos from the Marnie Stern show, and the J√≥nsi show I saw last week. My home internet is pretty well borked and I don’t have the psychic energy to make AT&T fix it (last Friday I spoke to no fewer than SIX customer service people and ended up in tears). I’m working on an alternative plan as we speak. In the meantime, my interneting is limited to working hours.

Gratitude