The Second Coming of The NYTBR

It’s the first Sunday in June. God, where did the rest of the year go? Before self knows it, it’ll be Christmas. How time blurs together when one doesn’t have a child/ children in the house. Could this possibly be what it feels like to grow old???

Self saw the funniest quote from Doris Lessing on Poets & Writers this morning. Apparently, Dear Doris is none too enthused about winning the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, in fact refers to receiving the honor as “a bloody disaster” because, as she told the BBC last month, “it shifted her attention away from writing: All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed.” That’s the spirit, Doris!

But, enough of the digressions. Below, the list of books self is interested in reading after perusing the 25 May 2008 issue of The New York Times Book Review (And self realizes she’s probably skipped an issue or two along the way, but anyhoo — )

(1) After reading Jennifer Balderama’s review of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta’s memoir, No Way Home: A Dancer’s Journey From the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World:

Carlos Acosta’s memoir, No Way Home: A Dancer’s Journey From the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World

(2) After reading Christopher Caldwell’s review of Steve Coll’s The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century:

Steve Coll’s The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century

(3) After reading Peter Robb’s review of Misha Glenny’s “engrossingly dense” McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Crime Underworld:

Misha Glenny’s McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Crime Underworld

(4) After reading Cathleen Schine’s review of MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Aleksander Hemon’s new book, The Lazarus Project:

Hemon’s collection of short stories, The Question of Bruno

a previous novel, Nowhere Man

The Lazarus Project

(5) After reading Kyla Dunn’s review of Sue Halpern’s Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News From the Front Lines of Memory Research:

Sue Halpern’s Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News From the Front Lines of Memory Research

Seattle: Pagdiriwang 2008 Approaches!

Self has been trying, for the last hour, to upload a copy of the poster for the upcoming Pagdiriwang Festival in Seattle. But, such is the dearth of her technological know-how that, every time she presses on the “Insert image” key at the bottom of her WordPress Gallery, all that ends up happening is a string of words appear, like so:

Seattle Pagdiriwang Festival poster pdf 18 x 24

So, since today self is just “full of beans” and longing to get started on her day (and because she still has humongous piles of papers to grade, and none of them as interesting as the one she graded yesterday, on a poem by Jim Morrison of The Doors), self will settle for providing dear blog readers with the link to the Filipino American National Historical Society website, which has the schedule for the upcoming festival in Seattle (Next weekend already, folks!)

And, while she still has your attention, self would like to thank Oscar PeƱaranda for giving her name to the Pagdiriwang Committee! Because it looks like it will be a really “fun” event! And self is really looking forward to meeting all the writers she is scheduled to read with, only one of whom (Tess Uriza Holthe) she has had the privilege of meeting in person.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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