Books I’ve been reading these past few weeks


I am reading too many books.

I am hoping to write about a few of these before the month is over, starting with Chrostowska’s Permission (my review is long overdue).

I’m about fifty pages shy of finishing Evan Dara’s The Lost Scrapbook; the book has been a revelation, one of those “How-the-hell-didn’t-I-know-about-this-already-?” deals. I’ll lazily compare it to Gaddis’s J R and DFW’s Infinite Jest.

I fell into rereading Snow White after working through several dozen of Barthelme’s short stories again. He’s probably the best.

Also the best is Tom Clark, whose poetry also falls into that “How-the-hell-didn’t-I-know-about-this-already-?” spectrum.

Quick thought on the beginning of Walser’s Jakob von Gunten: Seems part of a little mini-genre that includes Barthelme’s “Me and Miss Mandible” and Gombrowicz’s Ferdydurke.

Sorry for the lazy blogging. I will try to do better.


7 thoughts on “Books I’ve been reading these past few weeks”

  1. I will be interested to see what you think of Jakob von Gunten when you finish. I read that one a couple years ago and wasn’t really sure what to make of it.


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