I want to thank everyone again for making one of the most superb reading lists I’ve studied in a long time. I’m choosing Intrusions by Ursula Hegi. I loved her book Stones From the River, and I always like to read books about how writers suffer. In fact, I have quite a library in the genre and had never heard of it. So, thank you.
RUnners up: Room by Emma Donaghue. I’m always interested in books about extremely dark issues that become bestsellers, the received wisdom that dark books don’t sell. The Library of Shadows sounds deliciously scary. Crossing to Safety is one of those book I feel I SHOULD read. Why can’t I want to? NIPPLE ALERT on The Chronology of Water. Whoa. Too much nipple for me and it’s the kind of title that might sound good at first glance, but then….On The Beach by Nevil Shute has always been in the back of my mind. I read Middlemarch. Fair and Square. Wishful Drinking is a great fucking title. And I’ve always meant to read A Fine Balance (another great title).
But my favorite new title is Joseph Anton. This was Rushdie’s humble name for himself when he was in hiding. THe Joseph comes from Joseph Conrad and the Anton from Anton Chekhov. While I’m away next week, please add as many of your own pseudonyms using the “Rushdie Method” as you can manage. Mine, of course, is J.D. Sylvia
p.s. will the Hegi recommender send me his or her snail mail address to email@example.com to collect your THREE books!!
p.s.s. the best “Rushdie Method” name gets a signed copy of FFTT and a photograph (a mystery photograph)
p.s.s.s. have a great week. I’ll miss you. Back on the 8th. Miss you already.
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