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In Uncategorized on July 23, 2016 at 6:16 am

If  the temperature continues this way, today would mark a full week of heat wave. There are warning on the local TV to stay indoors and hydrated from 12 noon to 7 pm,  specially infants and the elderly. Yes, New York summer is not for the weak.
Next weekend, we fly to the beach, the pink sand that is Bermuda. This could be the first work vacation that I would like to think I deserve. I really need a break from the job and the commute and the small talk of my officemates (except for one who is as much of a film enthusiast as I am, and it has become our Monday routine to talk about films we saw over the weekend. You can’t small talk an art film, can you, when there are nuances abour POV and third act reversals and self-awareness and opening credits and whathaveyou. And an “awesome” would make a very bad criticism, indeed). Other than that, work has become work. The dishwasher need sign af the ramen shop a block away from our house looks very inviting by the day.
The Brexit alert on my iPhone via the NYT woke me up around 4 am that fateful day. I wasn’t able to go back to sleep due to the possibility that it could happen here in the US. Now, that possibility is getting more real by the day. Remember, New York is not America. I have seen some weird shit in third world elections, but not like this.
Please gods, let this endless bummer be over.

SR

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm

The reading pile grows. These are the books that comprise my summer reading, in no particular order. Okay, the order is its size stacked from biggest to smallest on our center table:

  1. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  2. The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
  3. I Am No One by Patrick Flanery
  4. Best European Fiction by The Dalkey Archive Press
  5. Dubliners 100 by Thomas Morris, editor
  6. Granta 136 (Legacies of Love)
  7. The Paris Review 217 (Summer Issue)
  8. I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (A Play) by Halley Feiffer
  9. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  10. Slade House by David Mitchell
  11. The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis (yep, an economics book by the Greek socialist)
  12. Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
  13. Voroshilovgrad by Serhiy Zhadan
  14. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  15. The View from the Cheap Seats  by Neil Gaiman
  16. Still the Same Man by Jon Bilbao
  17. Escape Attempt by Miguel Angel Hernandez
  18. Bad Light by Carlos Castan
  19. American Pastoral by Philip Roth (a reread)
  20. How to Make Friends and then Kill Them (A Play) by Halley Feiffer
  21. The Humans (A Play) by Stephen Karam

On the way are these books:

  1. The Effect (A Play) by Lucy Prebble
  2. The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville
  3. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
  4. LoveStar by Andri Snaer Magnason

The goal is to finish these books by the end of August. Totally doable due to my Brooklyn commute. And yes, stage plays, even those that I have seen on and off-Broadway are in the list. Like a screenplay, a stage play is the best way to learn about internal conflict as one of the tricks of a brilliant stage play is to be very conscious of what is not written on the stage (ie., what is not happening on the stage) but on the readers’ minds.

Now I read.

 

BB

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2016 at 4:47 am

• Busy. Busy.
• And then there were 2. Please, let’s head straight to the debate proper.
• Will never get the craze for emojis.
• I just want to be a dishwasher in a Ramen shop.
• And also write.
• 80s days but no killer humidity. Yet.
• Weekend plans include the Met. Maybe that new Woody Allen film.

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