Yesterday was my grandpa's birthday. Well, how do I put that. It would have been his birthday? It's still his birthday, the anniversary of his birth. His hundred-and-first. But this is the first year that he's not here for it. I'm so glad that last year for his hundredth we all had a big big gathering (in cold upstate New York wintertime).
The year in books LA Times has a Best Books of 2001 feature. I skimmed through the different categories, and found a few amusing quips.
Some Fiction Titles that amuse:
- HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE (a collection of stories by Alice Monro)
- GUILTY OF DANCING THE CHA CHA CHA (A Novel By Guillermo Cabrera Infante) —opening words are interesting: "Three stories that share the same space at the same time are, Guillermo Cabrera Infante explains, 'an impossibility in physics but not in fiction.' They comprise a triptych, set in a Cuban restaurant at the end of the 1950s. The city? Of course, Havana."
One fiction title that came out this year that I read and throughly enjoyed, Passage (by Connie Willis) was not on the list. Fooey.
Lots of good stuff in non-fiction. Leonardo is alive and well (and oh how many careers are made about this guy, lo these several centuries later!) Jimmy Carter made the list. A book about hucksters, memoirs, history, science and more.
But where I really found some gems was in the section on The West.
- THE OTHER SIDE OF MULHOLLAND (By Stephen Randall). The review says that there're a bunch of references that locals would get, but others far from here might not. An excertp from the review that also has an excerpt from the book: "Stephen Randall plays his story for laughs, and his sense of humor is always sharp and even cutting. 'You're the first girl I've dated since high school I didn't want to form a production company with,' Perry says to the woman he loves. 'I mean that in the best possible way.' "
- THE ROSE CITY (By David Ebershoff)..about Pasadena. Since I've lived in the area for (gulp) a coupla decades, I can't help but be intrigued.
- Also: Greene & Greene, a book of roadside vernacular, RIO L.A. (about the L.A River, that thing that is now a set of concrete channels that goes under freeway underpasses).
Demo time! I'm showing my weblog to a friend. I am asked, "but what is this? How do you do it? Do you do this every day?" Why yes indeedie, and this typing here is proof that I do this. As to the everyday part, well, we'll have a discussion about vices and addictions in due course! ; )