I apologise for the failure of the blogging aspect of this challenge over the past few days. But I’ve had an epiphany. My laptop is evil and an agent of procrastination and distraction. Its seemingly harmless, sleek frame conceals the delights and dangers of the world wide web and countless other ways to fritter away time pointlessly. I therefore attempted to simply knuckle down. This post will take the form of a basic list, as I am keen not to waste time or disrupt what rhythm I have. Rest assured I am making better progress behind the scenes.
So a list of what I have been reading/read, predominantly comprised of short stories:
– Lady Chatterley’s Lover (ongoing) by D.H. Lawrence
– Love by Grace Paley
– The Hitchhiking Game by Milan Kundera
– The Lady with the Little Dog by Anton Chekhov
– Lovers of their Time by William Trevor
– Mouche by Guy de Maupassant
– The Moon in its Flight by Gilbert Sorrentino
– Spring in Fialta by Vladimir Nabokov
– Yours by Mary Robison
– Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
– Cat in the Rain/One Reader Writers/Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway
– There will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
– Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (collection) by Haruki Murakami
Some readers might find it amusing to know I made the grave typo of “Bling Widow” in the above last line.
A great number of the above short stories come from the collection My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead, compiled and edited by Jeffrey Eugenides. This was recommended to me by Tomcat and as usual I thank him for a trustworthy tip.
The next few days will see discussion of these stories and others, along with some attempts of my own I hope and I’ll plough on with some novels.