UFOs (and Renovating “Nightstand”)

July 14, 2014 § 6 Comments

UFOs. Or a blurry photo of parking garage lamps. Either/or.


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As much as I love to read and share book and article suggestions with others, I’m finding my weekly “Nightstand” series really doesn’t add much value, at least to followers. I’m thinking of some ways to repackage the recurring post, perhaps reviewing a recently read book or article rather than developing a list of what I plan to read in the coming days.

The series has been a great motivator for me to read the books and articles I post, and I like having a record of items I’ve read that I can refer to when I want to make a recommendation to family and friends. Yet I don’t know how much my followers actually enjoy it.

My plan is to introduce a new iteration in a week or two, focusing on a fresher format of greater interest to people who love to read as much as I do.

I’ll end with a possible topic for a future post. I adore Joshua Ferris’s writing and am loving his latest book, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It’s about an atheist dentist who discovers someone is impersonating him online to promote a strange religion. I loved Ferris’s first book, And Then We Came to the End, and I look forward to seeing where this story leads.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Post-Rain (and Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Eight)

July 7, 2014 § 5 Comments

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What I’m reading this week:

The Housekeeper and the Professor

Bloom (and Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Seven)

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

My mom grows beautiful flowers, and her peonies are among the loveliest of her blooms. A bouquet of pink and white blossoms from her garden is nearing the end, but it’s still stunning.


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What I’m reading this week, including a series on World War I from The New York Times. I won’t get to all of the new pieces and archived articles, but it’s definitely worth a look if you are as fascinated by that era and the senselessness of the war as I am:

The Snow Leopard

Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Six

June 23, 2014 § 2 Comments

What I’m reading this week, including an interview conducted by a favorite writer (Hessler), a book by another favorite writer (Portis), and a sneak peak at a new book celebrating a favorite photographer (Leiter). Oh, and then there’s McSweeney’s “Short Imagined Monologues,” which are brilliant. Two recent versions top this week’s “Nightstand”:

The Dog of the South

Decor (and Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Five)

June 16, 2014 § 4 Comments

Pottery and wood

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What I’m reading this week — from Pooh to NYC to the troubles in Iraq, with some O’Connor thrown in for good measure:

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Four

June 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

What I’m reading this week — lots of good stuff:

Beware of Pity

Purse in Booth (and Nightstand 2014: Week Twenty-Three)

June 2, 2014 § 7 Comments

Purse in Booth

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What I’m reading this week:

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