August 22nd, 2020

What I Have Been Reading



What I Have Been Reading

The Book of Genesis/Old Testament/Bible

'Memories of the Future' a novel by Siri Hustvedt

'The Yips' a novel by Nicola Barker

'Evil Geniuses The Unmaking of America: A Recent History' by Kurt Andersen

'Fantasyland How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen

'The Life of Samuel Johnson' by James Boswell

'Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making Of The Life Of Dr. Johnson' by Adam Sisman

'Samuel Johnson: A Biography' by Peter Martin

'A Dictionary of the English Language: An Anthology' by Samuel Johnson

'Dr. Johnson's London' by Liza Picard

'The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age' by Leo Damrosch

'London: A Social History' by Roy Porter

'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman' Twenty-Four Stories by Haruki Murakami

'Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980' By Rick Perlstein

'The Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Nixon And The Rise Of Reagan' By Rick Perlstein

'Nixonland: The Rise Of A President And The Fracturing Of America' By Rick Perlstein

'Before The Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus' By Rick Perlstein
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    Lightening Bolt 'Sonic Citadel'

Siri Hustvedt: Memories of the Future | Town Hall Seattle



When veteran author Siri Hustvedt discovered her old notebook along with early drafts of a never-completed novel, she found herself caught in a dialogue between her past and present selves. The product of this juxtaposition was Memories of the Future, her new novel that brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today. Hustvedt takes Town Hall’s stage to provide a glimpse into the process of the novel’s creation, and to reflect on the internal decade-spanning conversation that emerged alongside it. She meets in conversation with journalist Lauren Du Graf to enlighten us on the novel’s themes: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous borders between sensation and thought. Join Hustvedt and Du Graf for an exploration of sanity, madness, and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger, and rage.

Siri Hustvedt is the internationally acclaimed author of a book of poems, six novels, four collections of essays, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Lost Angeles Book Prize for Fiction. She has published numerous papers in scholarly and scientific journals, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

Lauren Du Graf has written about film, art, music, and literature for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Oxford American Magazine, and elsewhere. Her research and writing have been supported with fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

secret alliances with interplanetary beings

It is 2:31 PM Saturday afternoon in the death flow. I realized a few moments ago I should write something in my online diaries before I collapse from exhaustion.

I have had a normal day thus far. This morning we shut up the house and turned on the air conditioner. It is a hot day here and we desperately need rain. We have been watering our lawn the last couple days because the grass is turning to brown straw.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. When I got up Carol was getting ready to go grocery shopping. She wanted to pick up a few items at Meijer's before going to our local Farmer's Market and then out for breakfast with an old girlfriend.

While Carol was gone this morning I read some more of The Book of Genesis and also filmed a video for my Youtube channel. I have been reading this afternoon a novel titled, 'Memories of the Future' by Siri Hustvedt. We had our little granddaughter Cora Leigh over this morning while Emily and Josie paddle boated on Lake Macatawa. Emily picked Cora around 2 o'clock PM.

Last night is right now a blur. I do not remember watching anything on television last night. I think Carol read a novel and finished reading it around 11:10 PM. I spent the evening fighting to stay awake and reading, 'Memories of the Future' a novel by Siri Hustvedt.

Do not know what else to report this afternoon. Tomorrow we start a new week.
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted