NYTBR 5 July 2009: A Not-So-Short List

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 5 July 2009 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1. After reading Walter Kirn’s review of Nick Reding’s Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town:

  • Nick Reding’s Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

2. After reading Tom Vanderbilt’s review of two books about the sub-prime mortgage crisis, Edmund L. Andrews’ Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown, and Alyssa Katz’s Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us:

3. After reading Dominique Browning’s review of Frances’ Osborne’s The Bolter, a biography of her great-grandmother, Idina Sackville:

  • Frances’ Osborne’s The Bolter

4. After reading Kate Zernike’s review of Sam Apple’s American Parent: My Strange and Surprising Adventures in Modern Babyland:

  • Michael Lewis’ Home Game

5. After reading David A. Andelman’s review of Norman Stone’s World War One:

Further Thoughts from Our Hero, Tertuliano Maximo Alfonso

from p. 205 of Jose Saramago’s The Double:

    What he absolutely does not understand, however much he cudgels his brain, is why it is that while communication technologies continue to develop in a genuinely geometric progression, from improvement to improvement, the other form of communication, proper, real communication, from me to you, from us to them, should still be this confusion crisscrossed with cul-de-sac, so deceiving with its illusory esplanades, and as devious in expression as in concealment.

How Self Writes When She Reads a Short Story From The New Yorker

The New Yorker story: “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht

It begins:

I. The tiger

Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days.

(Self pauses for thought: perhaps she can begin a story using timeline April 1941. But who of her acquaintance was alive at such a time? More important, who of her acquaintance can self interview so that her writing will have that necessary versimilitude? But, she digresses. Back to the story)

The tiger did not know that they were bombs.

(And neither does self know how she can write a story involving bombs. Whatever. Read the rest of this entry »

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