Books: A Very Very Short List (From The New Yorker “Food Issue”) and a Couple More

Day before Thanksgiving, son is home. Self fell asleep with the same peace and contentment she felt on the night when Obama won. On p. 361 of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Santa Sofia de la Piedad starts imagining elves in the house of the Buendias. Meanwhile, here’s a short list of books self is interested in reading after perusing the “Briefly Noted” section of The New Yorker “Food Issue”: 24 November 2008

Bee Wilson’s Swindled
“With the revelations in recent months of tainted food — salmonella-infected jalapeños, melamine-laced milk — Wilson’s latest treatise, on contaminated, adulterated, and fake foods in the modern era, feels almost prophetic.”

Susan Pinkard’s A Revolution in Taste
“Pinkard relishes debunking persistent myths: champagne was not invented by a Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon but, rather, caught on thanks to the invention and diffusion of the modern wine bottle. Her lively account concludes with a series of meticulously sourced ancien-régime recipes demonstrating the finesse with which French food is now synonymous.”

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After reading James Wood’s review of Rivka Galchen’s first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances (in the June 23, 2008 New Yorker), the following works, all featuring spectacularly unstable narrators:

Georg Buchner’s story, “Lenz”
Knut Hamsun’s Hunger
Italo Svevo’s Confessions of Zeno
Thomas Bernhard’s “devastating” The Loser
Rivka Galchen’s first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances

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