Every year (every. single. year.), I apologize for this. It’s self-serving, it’s stupid, it’s a time waste. But this year, I’m unapologetic, word to Rihanna. I learned to cook from 2 Chainz’ cookbook, where Step 12 was to “celebrate myself.” So that’s my MO from now on, that’s what I’m doing here. This year I:
"Everyone got married, everyone had kids, I napped a lot. ‘Liked’ a FB page to get a free cookie, un-‘Liked’ it afterwards." My cousin Jeff everyone. His birthday’s today, as is his twin’s. Happy birthday coincidence!
“But after a moment a sense of waste and ruin overcame him. There they were, close together and safe and shut in; yet so chained to their separate destinies that they might as well been half the world apart.”
― Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Even more perfect than the last perfect one.
Alex Halberstadt speaks with Daniel Genis, who read 1,046 books during his decade in prison: http://nyr.kr/1ohg4Gt
“Aside from consuming The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic (‘not the easiest magazines to give away in prison’) nose to tail, Genis lavished the bulk of his attention on serious fiction, especially the long, difficult novels that require ample motivation and time under the best of circumstances. He read Mann, James, Melville, Musil, Naipaul. He vanquished ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Infinite Jest.’ He read, and reread, the Russians, in Russian.”
Photograph: Spaarnestad Photo/Redux.
By my friend & teacher, who is everywhere these days! (Especially the middle of nowhere New Hampshire.)
PURCHASE: Two books from BookCourt.
NOTE: One for me. One for my son. And that’s it for the Stephen King money this year! Later today I’ll be posting the tally and what’s in store next year.
WOULD STEPHEN KING LIKE IT: True, there is always something a little disturbing in a Margaret Wise Brown book, but The Fever by Megan Abbott is probably the winner here. Given what The Blondes is about I’ve been excited to read Abbott’s novel. Also, the definitive article is very important in today’s book titling climate.
THE STEPHEN KING MONEY IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE STEPHEN KING MONEY.
From my ongoing photo series #SignsOfNewYork
Selfie as Author Photo. Just crazy enough to work?
My mother: “I think you are much prettier than either picture conveys and you probably should not be posed in front of the ladder with the articles on it. The vase almost looks like an adornment to your hair. If this is a serious picture, then I would go have my hair done and have the hairdresser take a picture with your camera. Also, you’re wearing your glasses.”
My cousin itsthereal (Jeff): “i think the picture’s okay? it’s a little blurry, but that could be an aesthetic choice or whatever. VERY ROCOCO? … GET BEN TO TAKE THE PICTURE. or lara, very artsy shot by lara”
“A woman had to choose her own particular unhappiness carefully. That was the only happiness in life: to choose the best unhappiness. An unwise move, good God, and you could squander everything.”
—Lorrie Moore, Bark
Three geniuses at work here.