Self Can Be Funny! A Response to That San Francisco Chronicle Reviewer Who Said You Would Need a Margarita to Get Through Her Book

The below passage is from the story “American Milk,” in self’s collection Mayor of the Roses (Miami University Press Fiction Series, 2005)

In the morning I drop my son off at school, pleased because I have made it before morning prayers.  He clambers reluctantly out of the car.  On the way to school I played a tape about Perseus and Medea and my son is still in the dream state induced by imagining Perseus flying about on winged sandals, fighting gorgons backwards while staring into a burnished shield.

Mrs. Stevens, the mother of one of Enrique’s classmates, comes huffing by.  As she passes, I hear her muttering :  “I’ve never been this late before!  Five minutes to the bell!”

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NYTBR 16 May 2010: Long List

After reading Terence Rafferty’s review of Scott Turow’s new legal thriller, Innocent:

  • Scott Turow’s Innocent
  • Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent

After reading Miranda Seymour’s review of Dominique Browning’s Slow Love:  How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness:

  • Dominique Browning’s Slow Love:  How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness
  • Two of Ms. Browning’s earlier books, Around the House and in the Garden and Paths of Desire

After reading a Letter to the Editor from a woman from Chicago:

After reading Jennet Conant’s review of Ben MacIntyre’s new non-fiction book, Operation Mincemeat:  How A Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory:

  • Ben MacIntyre’s Operation Mincemeat:  How A Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

After reading Mary Jo Murphy’s review of Marina Endicott’s new novel, Good to a Fault:

  • Marina Endicott’s new novel, Good to a Fault

After reading Alison McCulloch’s short reviews in the Fiction Chronicle:

  • Yoko Ogawa’s new novel, Hotel Iris, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder
  • Annie Ernaux’s “hard-to-categorize” new book, Things Seen, translated from the French by Jonathan Kaplansky

After reading Elyssa East’s review of Scott Highman and Sari Horwitz’s Finding Chandra:  A True Washington Murder Mystery:

  • Scott Highman and Sari Horwitz’s Finding Chandra:  A True Washington Murder Mystery

After reading Emily Parker’s end-paper essay, “Censors Without Borders,” about internet censorship in China:

  • Denise Chong’s new book, Egg on Mao:  The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced an Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship
  • a 2004 anthology:  Xinjiang:  China’s Muslim Borderland

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