Books/things read recently (4/25/12)

Since I don’t read nearly enough, naturally I feel like bragging when I do.

Sticky Fingers: “Free Everything” by Miranda July, “Off the Shelf” by Patti Smith, “Stealing Fire” by Tobias Wolff, and “To Catch a Beat” by Jonathan Lethem (9 Feb 2012)
A series in the October 10, 2011 issue of The New Yorker, these are one page blurbs about personal experiences with shoplifting. Quite the all-star cast of writers, and they don’t disappoint.

“Citizen Conn” by Michael Chabon (10 Feb 2012)
Fiction from the February 13&20, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. A fun, gritty, yet poignant story about two creative minds behind a wildly successful (and fictional?) comic book world, narrated by, of all things, a rabbi. Excellent, and refreshingly different from the usual New Yorker fiction.

Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (14 Feb 2012)
Onward with Sherlock Holmes! Dr. Watson gets a romance?!? Tedious in explanation, but the bit with Toby the tracker dog was awesome.

More Sherlock Holmes that I can summarize with: well that was shorter and less complicated than I was anticipating.
A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (19 Feb 2012)
The Red-Headed League (20 Feb 2012)
A Case of Identity (20 Feb 2012)
The Boscombe County Mystery (23 Feb 2012)
The Five Orange Pips (25 Apr 2012)

I also inhaled The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (10, 11, 12 Mar 2012), and will have a longer blurb on that shortly.

All other reading of late has been swallowed by the impending MCAT. (Yes, again. Alas.)

One thought on “Books/things read recently (4/25/12)”

  1. Chabon’s piece may have been refreshingly different from the usual New Yorker fiction, but that’s pretty much the summary of everything he’s written ever.

    Not a complaint.

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