Monday, July 02, 2007

snack lunch in the hall

We leave for vacation Saturday. Don’t ask me why we’re going to Denmark. It seems more absurd to me every day. I keep hearing Monty Python’s “Finland” song in my head, except of course with Denmark substituting Finland. Add to that it’s only about 70F degrees so what we’ll be doing at the Danish beach besides listening to our teeth chatter I don’t know.

Carlo is nagging us not to pack too much since Stella will be lying down in back. He said I shouldn’t bring 20 books “this time,” which is of course hyperbole, but I’ll take advantage of it and bring ten or so, citing his exaggeration. I usually bring a novel or two, short stories and 3-5 books or journals of poetry. If nothing else, I'm looking forward to reading.

Here’s my list so far:
Novels: 1) Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky 2) Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee and maybe 3) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.

Short stories: 1) The Best Amercian Short Stories of 2005, and maybe 2) Lydia Davis’ Break it Down and maybe 3) Alice Munro’s Open Secrets. I’ve read much of the latter two so may be budgeting them out.

Poetry: 1) Yemuda Amichai’s Selected Poems, 2) Gerald Stern’s Everything is Burning, & ? ?


Andrew Shields said...

Yes, Elizabeth Costello!

SarahJane said...

actually started it yesterday. I'm just a few pages in so can't judge the story yet but I love his prose. really an excellent writer. "Disgrace" is one of my favorite books, it was your talking about E.Costello some months ago that prompted me to get a copy.

Andrew Shields said...

Did I talk about Elvis Costello a few months ago? :-)

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