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For What It’s Worth

I finished Nonviolent Communication by Rosenburg about a week ago, and I just finished yesterday, Out Stealing Horses. I’ll be happy to talk with you guys about it at the lake house. There was some mess up with the Amazon vendor I ordered The Moral Animal from, but it’s now on its way. I doubt I will have it read by the time we go to the lake house, however.


  1. Shotts

    Ned–I’m very glad you read OUT STEALING HORSES by Per Petterson, and I hope you enjoyed it. I think it’s a major novel. Graywolf just received the word that it will be the front cover review of the New York Times Book Review the weekend after the lake weekend. That’s very exciting news, and will bring many readers to the book. It also received a recent “A” review in Entertainment Weekly, so it seems to be reaching both the high brow and the mainstream, which is wonderful. And all of this luckily just in time before July, when Harry Potter will be all that anyone will be talking about.

    I look forward to talking about any and all of this at the lake.

    I recently finished GRIFFIN by Albert Goldbarth (lyric essay), THE BALLOONISTS by Eula Biss (lyric essay), A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD by Kevin Brockmeier (highly recommended novel), HIP LOGIC and WIND IN A BOX by Terrance Hayes (poetry), and SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonegut (finally, after his death and after J.E.’s post awhile back). I’ve also slowly been reading GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL by Jared Diamond. I’m very eager to read Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, just out.

  2. Ned

    Goldbarth did the fake snow in the snow poem, right? How’s that Griffin essay? Good lord you read a lot. Almost as fast as my mother. I guess its part of your job, but it always makes me envious. I’m such a slow reader; I’ll never get everything read that I need to, let alone what I want to. By the way, I’m confirming that Saturday brunch is good for us. Sara plans on making a Quiche, with fruit, and maybe some banana bread that she’d make ahead of time. I offered to make pancakes, but she snuffed at that idea.

  3. Shotts

    Ned–I only wish I read more. I’m embarrassed by how much I haven’t read, and yet I’m expected to make constant literary judgments. Such as it is.

    Yes, Goldbarth wrote the poem “Human Beauty” that I posted a while ago, the snow in the snow poem. I’m glad it’s so memorable to you (and me).

    I envy your time teaching and your time painting. I hope that will change for me, in my new configuration.

    Thanks for taking Saturday brunch–and the menu you outline sounds terrific and also ambitious. Don’t worry, anyone, about this too much: simple meals are usually the best meals. But now we have to hold Sara and Ned to making quiche with fruit and banana bread.

  4. Shotts

    Just got Ondaatje’s new novel, Divisadero. I hope to start it soon…

    Ned, I recommend Goldbarth’s Griffin book, if you like his sensibility. There’s actually quite a bit of Wichita mentioned in the two essays. Griffin is published by Essay Press, a new publisher of lyric essays. I’m on the advisory board. You can order the book online and hopefully find it in some better bookstores, or you can order one, I believe, through the Essay Press web site.

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