Late Summer 2013 Reading List

Late Summer 2013 reading list books

Matt Borondy, Publisher/Editor:

Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Pocket Kings by Ted Heller 
What Changes Everything by Masha Hamilton 
The Narrow Circle by Nathan Hoks 
Ploughshares guest edited by Major Jackson (Spring 2013 issue)
The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka
Proposals for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned by Michael Sheehan
Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama

Robert Birnbaum, Editor-at-Large:

Shoot the Dog by Brad Smith (title based on a Sam Peckinpah anecdote)
Angel Baby by Richard Lange
The Realm of Last Chances by Steve Yarborough
Ready for Brand New Beat by Mark Kurlansky
Light of the World by James Lee Burke
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Clay’s Quilt by Silas House
The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
Train by Peter Dexter (for the second time)

One of my favorite quotes by Dexter:

“He runs the Cassidy crime family. Little people with enormous heads, every one if them. And they’ve all have been shot in the head, and they never die They believe it’s the luck of the Irish—they walk around thinking they were all born lucky—and it never occurred to any them yet that if they were that fucking lucky, they wouldn’t keep getting shot.”

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner

I regularly read Paul Krugman and Gail Collins in the NYT and anything by Rebecca Solnit (frequently @ TomDispatch).

Speaking of TomDispatch, they have run/posted lengthy excerpts from Eduardo Galeano‘s new opus Children of Days.

I also binge watched Orange is the New Black which despite the obvious implausibility of a TV drama about life in a woman’s penal institution manages to be quite watchable and subtle.

Jesse Rice-Evans, Nonfiction Editor:

I just finished Kate Zambreno’s stellar hybrid memoir/theory/musing Heroines, which is definitely not for staunch anti-feminists, but brilliant for everyone else.

Also reading Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Native Son by Richard Wright, and lots of political essays on the internet.

These are accompanied by lots of tea and open windows.

Anna-Lynne Williams, Music Editor:

I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and now I’m on to some short stories in Bed by Tao Lin.

J. Dee Cochran, Poetry Editor:

Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack and Honey
John Yau’s Corpse and Mirror
Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog
Bernard Cooper’s Truth Serum
Noam Chomsky’s Profit Over People
R.A. Salvatore’s Homeland

James Warner, Fiction Editor:

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton  
City Water Light & Power by Matt Pine 
Such Great Heights by Chris Cole

Matthew Tiffany, Books Editor:

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
& Sons by David Gilbert
Leaving Rollingstone by Kevin Fenton

Hilarie Ashton, Assistant Editor:

Dressing Up for the Carnival by Carol Shields
Shoshana Felman’s Literature and Psychoanalysis: The Question of Reading

Otherwise just finished Murakami’s after the quake and Anne Lamott’s Imperfect Birds.

What are you reading, Internet?

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