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
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


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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