Reading

Reality is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Moral Imagination by David Bromwich

Lascaux Paintings and Engravings by Annette Laming

The Practical Cogitator (on-going)

 

Recently finished

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

On The Road by Jack Kerouac (strangely, I finished this very quickly)

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (not good; why is this so famous?)

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by BIll Bryson (terrible, did not finish)

The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford (different, would not read again)

The Waves by Virginia Woolf (hard, peculiar)

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (different, good)

Confabulations by John Berger

Where I Was From by Joan Didion (thoughtful, very good)

Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirschfield (excellent)

Infinite City San Francisco by Rebecca Solnit (a lovely, well written book, with two of favorite topics: maps and San Francisco)

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (very good; there’s a lot going on, but it’s not obvious)

The Heart by Maylis Kerangal (wonderful, heartbreaking)

Ways of Seeing by John Berger (excellent)

Coup de Grâce by Marguerite Yourcenar (intense, grim)

Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell (pleasant)

How Fiction Works by James Woods

Solo Faces by James Salter

 

Sandbox

Un jeudi après-midi d’août, tout le monde est en mouvement. Je suis de bonne heure au terminal 1 de Zurich, où Annie et Catherine, après avoir effectué leur premier vol Montréal-Paris, prennent désormais un vol Swiss Air au départ de Paris. La zone d’arrivée restreinte à l’intérieur de la zone sécurisée se trouve derrière un verre opaque dépoli, bien qu’une extrémité du verre soit dégagée et que vous puissiez voir les passagers enlever leurs bagages du carrousel n ° 15. J’ai du mal à me souvenir de tout cela avant que les détecteurs de métaux, le 11 septembre, l’essor de la TSA et d’autres événements analogues ne soient à l’origine de l’indignité nécessaire des voyages aériens.

A million seconds is 11 days; a billion is 32 years. A trillion is 32,000 years.