I went in for Elaine Dundy's Dud Avocado, I left with so much more. Such is a visit to Vroman's on a glorious Sunday in Pasadena. Bookish haul includes:
- The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
- The Angry Buddhist by Seth Greenland
- Suddenly, A Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret
- A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava
- Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
I had no idea, when I waxed poetic about Graham Swift recently, that he had a new novel out. Though the title leaves much to be desired (really? there wasn't ANY other title that felt more original?), I am now deciding if I should re-read all that came before or just dive in as I would a chocolate bar after a chocolate fast (which I've never done, mind you, I'm not that crazy)?
Also: I finished Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station last night. Holy hell. I love, love, loved it. So beautiful. So spare and yet expansive. So full of all the things we think but never say. So full of all the contradiction we hold within and yet try so hard to pretend we have polished. Still thinking over this one. I don't want to start anything else until I've savored this one a bit longer. Have you read it? Do tell.