After Perusing the NYTBR of 27 January 2013

Whew!  It’s been a while since self perused a New York Times Book Review.  They’re piling up!

But, anyhoo, the sun is shining, the neighbors’ parakeets are trilling, there is such furious activity in gardens all around self’s neighborhood, she doesn’t feel so alone weeding and fertilizing.  Meaning:  It is a great day.

So, here we are at last to the reason for this post:  the books self is interested in reading after perusing a relatively recent issue (Only three Sundays ago!) of the New York Times Book Review, which she keeps thinking about discontinuing, but never actually gets around to.  She renewed for another year in December.

The reason self can blog in the middle of a very busy day is that the list of books self is interested in reading is a very short one.  Why, she has no idea.  But, without further ado, The List:

  • The Inventor and the Tycoon:  A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures, by Edward Ball. Congratulations to Candice Millard for writing such an enthralling review!  Thanks to Ms. Millard, self learned that the photographer Eadweard Muybridge liked to eat “cheese flies, tiny insects that hover around the tops of old cheese and that he used to gather up into packages and snack on as he brooded over his photographs.”  Fascinating, absolutely fascinating.
  • A couple of books about Christopher Marlowe, including:
  1. The Marlowe Papers, a biography of the dramatist written in verse, by Ros Barber (just published)
  2. Dead Man in Deptford, by Anthony Burgess (published 1993)
  3. Christoferus, by Robin Chapman (published 1993)
  4. Tamburlaine Must Die, by “Scottish thriller writer” Louise Welsh (2004)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

2nd Most Gorgeous Day of 2013

It is such a bee-yoo-ti-ful day!

Self spent all morning in the garden.  She snuck up to her neighbor’s fence and took a picture of his singing parakeets.  He houses them in a shed right next to self’s fence.  When it’s warm, he brings the cages outside.  They are trilling away.  If self could understand parakeet language, they might be saying:  Spring is Coming!  Oh How Good it is to be a Parakeet!  In Northern California!

Stone Bunny on the Deck, Soaking Up the Sun

Stone Bunny on the Deck, Soaking Up the Sun

Her neighbor breeds parakeets like this lovely yellow-orange specimen.

Her neighbor breeds parakeets like this lovely yellow-orange specimen.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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