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  1. Now reading...

    Nearly done with Adam Langer's Crossing California, which tells the story of 3 families in West Rogers Park, Chicago from 1979-Jan 81 (somewhat portentously/pretentiously the same period US hostages were held in Iran). It's pretty interesting stuff, particularly for someone who lived through the 70s as a child (though I'm a few years younger than these characters). Probably will leave it at that, but maybe some day I will read The Washington Story, which picks up and continues the stories of the various characters as they (or some of them) move out of Chicago.
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    Updike's Rabbit, Run. I expect to get through the whole Rabbit series over the next few weeks. First time really exploring Updike's fiction.
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    I've found that quite a few novels don't interest me as much on second reading, but, so far, DeLillo's White Noise is just as interesting/amusing on the second read. (A bit of a relief, actually...)
  4. Apologies if already listed, but 5 Grant Green Blue Note albums for just over $10. https://www.amazon.com/5-Original-Albums-CD/dp/B07C8FD4VD/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_cp_1_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07C8FD4VD&pd_rd_r=dcd3fbef-89c7-441b-ac3f-3fba96b4255e&pd_rd_w=xkwem&pd_rd_wg=HgKhV&psc=1&refRID=KCJRWNKSX3BT35Q6QF0V Same basic deal for Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Jackie McLean (the latter is notable as it includes the, once upon a time, hard to get Demon Dance): https://www.amazon.com/5-Original-Albums-CD/dp/B07BLJ8MYK/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_cp_1_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07BLJ8MYK&pd_rd_r=cbab0cac-4143-4662-9dbe-40ce74df4d45&pd_rd_w=MGa1O&pd_rd_wg=27wbc&psc=1&refRID=VHK230E4G81NDNC2H1VK
  5. I'll be sadly disappointed if there isn't some codger in a rocking chair going on about how amazing eBay was before those PayPal b@st@rds ruined the place.
  6. Probably going next weekend with the daughter.
  7. Now reading...

    Skipping around a bit in Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet, which seems to be the best way to experience it. About halfway through T.C. Boyle's The Road to Wellville. After this, I'll start in on White Noise.
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    Agreed on Motherless Brooklyn - really different in a good way. Haven't read Fortress of Solitude, but it's on my list. I did enjoy Chronic City a fair bit.
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    Hadn't even heard about this coming out. Looks intriguing.
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    For a bit of a change, I read the 2018 Man Booker International Prize winner, Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. It's certainly different. It's a very episodic novel, basically re-enacting the experience of going from one thing to another in a cabinet of curiosities. Well over half of the entries are mini-meditations on travel as well as quite a lot on how to prepare bodies to display them after death! Fictional pieces (with actual characters) are a smaller percentage by number, but as they are longer (3 to 30+ pages), they take up much more of the book. Occasionally, characters reappear, but usually they are there in one-off appearances. This New Yorker piece is a fair assessment of the novel - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/01/flights-a-novel-that-never-settles-down All that said, I didn't really enjoy the novel all that much and felt overstayed its welcome at 400 pages, though there were a few passages here and there I liked. It's been quite a long string of novel that didn't live up to the hype, so I'm hoping that I do enjoy Paul Auster's Moon Palace. After that is DeLillo's White Noise, which I enjoyed very much 15+ years ago. If I find that even this doesn't live up to my memories, I think I should take a break from reading for a while and catch up on my movie-watching or something.
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    Faulkner's A Fable. Overall I am not enjoying this and find it far too hard-going, though there are occasional passage of interest.
  12. The Lost Tapes: Charles Mingus Live In Detroit

    If I'm reading this correctly, there is a Digital Exclusive Track - Pithecanthropus Erectus (Alternate Take), which is track #13. Seems a bit counter-intuitive as merchants generally prefer pushing customers to CDs - or vinyl! I'm pretty sure that anyone who buys a physical release is going to be pissed and very few will then order the digital version. Strange. But maybe people who order through Bandcamp get the full DL including track 13.
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    I didn't remember a thing about Far from the Madding Crowd (read it about 30 years ago), but I may have just been suppressing the experience. I found this to be an unconvincing soap opera stuffed with cringe-worthy dialog. I got halfway in, and it kept getting worse, so I bailed. Decided on something lighter -- Didion's Play It As It Lays.
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    Finally got across the finish line with von Rezzori's Death of My Brother Abel. For completeness' sake, I will read the companion piece Cain when it comes out in NYRB edition this March (first time in English), but this is definitely going to be from the library... Currently rereading (and enjoying) Mahfouz's Midaq Alley. Will probably reread Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd after that. (Maybe something one appreciates and even admires, more than enjoys...)