Stella Has a Blog! And More NYTBR (23 March 2008)

Self multi-tasking again this evening (2000 movie “The Replacements” starring Gene Hackman and adorable Keanu Reeves is on flat-screen HDTV).

The world should know: Estimable Stella K now has her own blog!!!

Check it out. It’s very cool.

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Self read three issues of The New York Times Book Review yesterday, but will only post one this evening, as she’s actually somewhat “low-bat” (to borrow a term from Dearest Mum) after loooong afternoon spent teaching a class of widely yawning students at xxxx community college. If only self’s English students were as entertained as self’s antics by dear blog readers! But, alas, they are bored with all things literary (And matters were not helped by assigned reading of the day, Herman Melville’s bleak moral fable, “Bartleby the Scrivener.”)

Books Self is Interested in Reading After Perusing the 23 March 2008 Issue of The New York Times Book Review:

(1) After reading Colm Toibin’s review of Nicholson Baker’s latest, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization:

    Two of Nicholson Baker’s earlier books: The Mezzanine and Room Temperature
    Nicholson Baker’s Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

(2) After reading The NYTBR Editors’ “Up Front” piece:

    Colm Toibin’s first novel, The South

(3) After reading Prof. Deborah Roberts’ (Haverford College) Letter to the Editor:

    Xenophon’s “Anabasis,” in which “a group of Greek mercenaries makes its way through often hostile territory to the coast of the Black Sea”

(4) After reading Jon-Christian Suggs’ (professor emeritus, City University of New York) Letter to the Editor:

    Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel, The Warriors

(5) After reading Sarah Towers’ review of Jennifer Cody Epstein’s first novel, The Painter From Shanghai:

    Jennifer Cody Epstein’s first novel, The Painter From Shanghai

(6) After reading Louisa Thomas’ review of Samantha Hunt’s second novel, The Invention of Everything Else:

    Samantha Hunt’s The Invention of Everything Else

(7) After reading Alison McCulloch’s short reviews in the “Fiction Chronicle”:

    Matt Haig’s “curiously affecting” The Labrador Pact
    Yoko Ogawa’s “bright yet eerie” The Diving Pool: Three Novellas
    Beth Helms’ first novel, Dervishes (about 1970s Ankara)
    Jeffrey Ford’s “part mystery, part fantasy” novel, The Shadow Year
    Michael Kruger’s “taut little novel,” The Executor

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