Saturday, February 17, 2018

February (third week) 2018 Reads

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Queen of Spades and the story is G-text by Răzvan; translated from the Romanian by Alistair Ian Blythe. (in Best European fiction 2015). Growing up in Ceausescu 's Romania. There is some word play with the letter G--mostly with proper names.

some online things...

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density by Kaley Overstreet at Arch Daily
Saint-Malo--one of my favorite places.

Plagiarism software pins down new source for Shakespeare's plays
by Alison Flood at The Guardian

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens 
A poem on The Art Divas, the blog of author Rabih Alameddine

The Other Middle East
Franck Salameh, Associate professor of Near Eastern Studies at Boston College, discusses Arab language based identity on the Yale University Press blog, Yale Books Unbound.

from the library...

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

The House at the Edge of Night (Kindle Edition) by Catherine Banner
Family saga set on an island off the coast of Sicily. Covers three generations beginning a few years before World War1 and ending around 2008. Very good read.

from my shelves... 

The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela; translated from the Spanish by Enrique Munguía; Introduction by Ana Castillo
A novel of the Mexican Revolution.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February (second week) 2018 Reads

Started Season 4 of the Two Month Review: The Physics of Sorrow and I'm really liking this Bulgarian novel by Georgi Gospodinov.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Ace of Spades and the story is On the Steppe by Samanta Schweblin (in The Future is Not Ours). So far, this one of the best stories from  my 2018 Roster.

from the library...

The Island (A Grand & Batchelor Victorian Mystery Series, #4) by

Sunday, January 28, 2018

February (first week) 2018 Reads

I seemed to favor non-fiction this week.

The "Deal Me In" card this week is the Ace of Hearts and the story is  Drone  by Miles Klee (in Watchlist : 32 stories by persons of interest).
Not particularly good. It may be intended as a drug induced hallucination. Whatever.

from the library...

Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson
I really liked these stories. Will read more by her on Gutenberg

After the Fire by Henning Mankell;  translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
There is some mystery in this novel (who set the fire) but it's more about coming to terms with aging.

Istanbul: a Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes
A comprehensive history of the city and its place in world history.

The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris by Tom Sancton
The author says this isn't going to be gossipy--but how can it not be? A good read.

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel
Another good read.

January (fourth week) 2018 Reads

Oops, went to the library, found some good stuff. In addition to the Hungarian novel (see below), I picked up a book of short stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson which I had requested and a non-fiction on Istanbul.

The "Deal Me In" card this week is the 7 of Diamonds so once again I head to Project Gutenberg for  The Excursion by Edwina Stanton Babcock (1875-1965) (in The Best Short Stories of 1917)
A snooty woman gets her comeuppance on a steamboat excursion.

A brief bio from The Best Short Stories of 1917"Babcock, Edwina Stanton. Born at Nyack, N. Y. One of eleven children. Academic experience up to age of twenty-three, one year in private school. Attended extension classes in English, Teachers' College, Columbia University. Author "Greek Wayfarers," a volume of verse. First short story, "The Diary of a Cat," Harper's Magazine, August, 1904. Her deepest enthusiasms are children, the mountains of Greece, the French Theatre, and the Irish imagination. She lives at Nyack, N. Y., and Nantucket, Mass."

from the library...

Katalin Street  by Magda Szabó; translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix

from my shelves...

The Odyssey  by Homer: translated from the Greek by Emily Wilson

Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas; translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Dunne
This was so much fun. I didn't want it to end.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January (third week) 2018 Reads

Only brief notes and no images on the blog this week. But I have been reading.
The  "Deal Me In"  card this week is the 4 of Diamonds. It brings a nice, old fashioned ghost story: The Shadows on the Wall (in The Wind in the Rose-bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural,  by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman).
Freeman (1852-1930) was an American writer. She lived in Massachusetts and Vermont and wrote about New England life. Much of her work is available on Project Gutenberg and also on American

from the library...

Karate Chop: Stories by

The Makioka Sisters by