NYTBR Mar. 25, 2007

Another gorgeous afternoon. And pretty soon it’ll be summer 🙂

Just back from the City, the afternoon literary salon at Bayanihan Center where, halfway through Lolan Sevilla’s reading, a very large group of students (from Stanford, someone said) shuffled in. It was a nice, laid back crowd, though everyone seemed too shy to ask questions. Stole away with a bag of Dandy’s Shrimp Chips, and munched it in the car all the way home.

Here’s a list of books I am interested in reading (after perusing the Mar. 25, 2007 issue of The New York Times Book Review):

(1) After reading Sarah Fay’s review of Daniel Alarcon‘s Lost City Radio:

Daniel Alarcon’s Lost City Radio

(2) After reading Tara McKelvy’s review of Rene Denfield‘s All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families:

A previous book of Rene Denfield’s, The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order; and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families

(3) After reading Rob Nixon’s review of Dinaw Mengestu‘s first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears:

Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

(4) After reading Ligaya Mishan’s review of Natalie Danford’s first novel, Inheritance:

Natalie Danford’s Inheritance

(5) After reading the end-paper essay by Erica Wagner, “Call Me, Ishmael”:

The Odyssey
Robinson Crusoe
and Paul Auster‘s City of Glass

A Couple of Upcoming Readings

(1) This afternoon:

KULARTS, in association with Bayanihan Community Center
presents
BRONZE LIT – Lamon at Bisyo
Reading series celebrating vices & gluttony in Pilipino American literature

curated by Joël Barraquiel Tan
Gluttony, vice, & art. Joel Barraquiel Tan hosts a merienda salon of writers celebrating sex, drugs, food, gambling, & cigarettes. Hear new work and join us in a raucous conversation with Marianne Villanueva, Jaime Jacinto, Lolan Sevilla, Phil Huang, Cicely Sweed, & Dennis Somera.

12-2:30pm, Sunday, March 25, 2007
Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103

(2) Thursday, April 5: LAURIE OKUMA MEMORIAL READING

Marianne Villanueva, author of the short story collections, GINSENG AND OTHER TALES FROM MANILA (Calyx Press) and MAYOR OF THE ROSES: STORIES (Miami University Press) will be delivering this spring’s Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading at San Diego State University

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2007
7 PM
Malcolm A. Love Library
Rm. 2203
San Diego State University
FREE and open to the public
For more information, contact Victoria Featherstone at vfeatherstone@earthlink.net

(3) Thursday, April 12: PAGTATAGPO, A Filipino Writers Summit

A Panel Discussion/ Reading with Marianne Villanueva, Ma. Josephine Barrios, R. Zamora Linmark, Ninotchka Rosca, Michelle Cruz Skinner and Francis Tanglao-Aguas

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007
2 – 5 PM
University of Hawaii at Manoa
FREE and open to the public
For more information, contact Prof. Ruth Mabanglo at mabanglo@hawaii.edu

One-Sentence Movie Reviews from Esteemed New Yorker

This evening, since self is tired of waiting for beloved son to put in an appearance (has been in vicinity since 4 PM but declined to come home immediately), am passing the time by perusing capsule movie reviews in The New Yorker. Here are a couple of opening sentences. D. D. is David Denby; Self doesn’t know who R. B. or B. D. are. And Ken Marks is, well, Ken Marks:

Amazing Grace: Square, but stirring. (D. D.)

Black Snake Moan: An intermittently engrossing but sanctimonious mess. (R. B.)

I Think I Love My Wife: A missed opportunity. (R. B.)

Reno 911! Miami: Frickin’ hilarious. (Ken Marks)

Also, a few observations about up-and-coming actors:

In a review of Starter For 10, reviewer B. D. describes James McAvoy as having “the nervous energy of a young Dustin Hoffman” (which, strenuously disagree, as JM is ever so much better-looking and more soulful than Dustin)

In a review of Amazing Grace, D. D. describes Romola Garai as “a Gainsborough beauty with a luxurious pile of red hair and an exposed pale bosom.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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