Reading List 2016, Updated

Just finished:  The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart (Charming)

Starting: The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason: a novel set in Burma

Then:

  • The Piano Player, by Kurt Vonnegut (Nephew’s favorite writer)
  • Road Dogs, by Elmore Leonard (One of self’s favorite writers)
  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters (Another of self’s favorite writers)
  • The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Miguel Hernandez: ‘I Won’t Go Along’

No I Won’t Go Along

translated by Don Share:

No, I won’t go along I despair
as if I were a hurricane of lava
in the presidio of an enslaved almond,
or in the hanging prison of a finch

To kiss you was to kissa wasp’s next
that nails me to torment and unnails
me and digs a burial pit, and digs
down into my heart where I die.

Sentence of the Day: From Thad Carhart’s THE PIANO SHOP ON THE LEFT BANK

Self has an inordinate interest in pianos because her mother was a concert pianist: admitted to Curtis at 11, friends with Gary Graffman (who had self and her mother over to dinner at his apartment one night), winner of the New York Times International Piano Competition when she was 14. Dearest Mum played in Carnegie Hall.

Dearest Mum had not one, but two Steinways, one flown into our home in Manila through Clark Airbase.

As far as self knows, Dearest Mum is the only pianist in the world who has two Steinways.

Here’s a sentence from the book self is currently reading, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart:

No one knows exactly when the piano was invented.

Why is that interesting to self? Who knows. It just is.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Time 2: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge Week # 6

Sunset in Mendocino Village.

The sun slips beneath the horizon startlingly fast.

Tried to hurry the pictures but failed to get enough of the sun in time.

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Walking Along Little Lake Street, Mendocino Village

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Headlights of approaching car appear lower right: self didn’t even know the car was in the picture until she loaded to the blog.

Which is why she chose these pictures to illustrate TIME, The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this week.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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