The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Summer 2008 Issue

It is a bee-yoo-ti-ful day, dear blog readers!

Self doesn’t know why, but she finds herself becoming extremely reticent about sharing family stories these days.  One would think self would just be bursting with juicy stories (especially asDearest Mum is currently visiting), but alas, today self is feeling quite sedate.  Perhaps she is simply overworked?  And her brain has gone into hibernation?

What self has been able to do without flagging, however, is read  —  as, witness the amount of quotes she posts daily.  Here is self, commenting on the Pacific Rim Review of Books, published in Vancouver by Trevor Carolan.  It’s an old issue, the Summer 2008 issue, but the reason self wishes to post about it is:  this is the issue which contains self’s interview with Linh Dinh.  And Linh is such a fascinating character (as she is sure all dear blog readers will agree), that self can never get enough of him, and so anyone who harbors anything more than just a passing fancy for Vietnamese literature should check out self’s interview in said issue of PRRB.

Another reason why self feels that dear blog readers should rush out and order this particular issue is that there are quite a number of wonderful reviews in it, including one by that literary prodigy, Frances Cabahug (She’s 23, so that qualifies as a “literary prodigy,” in self’s book)

Anyhoo, here is a short list of books self is interested in reading after reading their reviews in the PRRB Summer 2008 issue:

1.)   After reading Fred Young’s review (Young is identified as “a professional accountant with decades of experience in paper recycling and the packaging industry”) of Robyn Meredith’s The Elephant and the Dragon:

Robyn Meredith’s The Elephant and the Dragon

2.)   After reading Hillel Wright’s review (Wright is identified as the “author of the novel Border Town“) of A Wild Haruki Chase:  Reading Murakami Around the World, a compilation of essays from The Japan Foundation’s 2006 symposium on Haruki Murakami:

The Japan Foundation’s A Wild Haruki Chase:  Reading Murakami Around the World

3.)   After reading Richard Wirick’s review (Wirick is identified as the “co-founder and editor of the journal Transformation“) of David Samuels’ The Runner:  A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue:

Geoffrey Wolff’s 1979 memoir, Duke of Deception

David Samuels’ The Runner:  A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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