Last Weekend, & NYTBR 24 February 2008

My, what an interesting weekend the one just ended turned out to be. For one thing, self was able to bring in her car for an oil change, Sunday afternoon, and the Auto-Pride Car Wash on El Camino in San Carlos looked like Grand Central Station at 5 in the afternoon. Also, self ended up spending $70 (rather than the $39.99 she’d anticipated) because the people there told self her windshield wipers needed to be replaced and in addition she needed a new air filter. But — anything, anything for self’s peace of mind, especially since she is driving to the city for her Books Inc. reading tomorrow night (Is anyone coming?)

Which reminds self that she must really try and do something about her hair (before tomorrow, if possible) The ideal would be to grow a whole new head of thick, lustrous, shiny black hair, but if that isn’t possible then how about just a few more strands near the crown??? So she isn’t reduced to doing a “comb-over” like the Donald?

So, self received this fascinating e-mail from student JD, the one who once announced to self (and to the world) that he couldn’t believe he’d made it to class, in spite of being fucking drunk. Yesterday, self was perusing her in-box when this missive appeared:

To Instructor ______ :

Hello, this e-mail is from xxxxx. I currently attend your Tue/Thu/Fri class and I have several questions that I have to ask in regards to passing your class. Last Friday I blacked out at school and ended up in the ER in San Jose. I was detained by police and have been suspended from school for the next two weeks. Is there any way that I can still pass the class?

The thing is that this is my 2nd time through English 1A, and it’s not like it’s because I’m a bad student. I just have legal complications. If there is some way that you can overlook my absences, or find a viable solution to this situation I’d appreciate it. Thank You.

JD

With that, self will now turn to the real purpose of this post, which is to list the books self is interested in reading after perusing the 24 February 2008 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

(1) After reading D. T. Max’s review of Steven Millhauser’s latest, Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories:

Steven Millhauser’s Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories

(2) After reading James Kaplan’s review of James Collins’ first novel, Beginner’s Greek:

James Collins’ first novel, Beginner’s Greek

(3) After reading Maud Newton’s review of Cate Kennedy’s first short story collection, Dark Roots:

Cate Kennedy’s Dark Roots

(4) After reading Stacy Schiff’s review of Jerome Charyn’s new novel, Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution:

Jerome Charyn’s new novel, Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution

(5) After reading David Waldstreicher’s review of Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina’s Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend:

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina’s Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend

(6) After reading Caryn James’ review of Manil Suri’s second novel, The Age of Shiva:

Manil Suri’s The Age of Shiva

(7) After reading Lesley Downer’s review of John Burnham Schwartz’s new novel, The Commoner:

John Burnham Schwartz’s new novel, The Commoner

1 Comment

  1. chancelucky said,

    March 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Okay, the note from the student is fascinating in so many ways. What a great character for a story! He actually seemed to have pretty good English skills. Maybe you could have him tune and detail your car in order to pass the class :}


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