Links for the East Side Readers' November discussion.



Media mix:

Lucky Surprise Links::
  • Pearls Before Breakfast, by Gene Weingarten :: I believe someone in the group originally sent me the link to this amazing story. And now it's won a Pulitzer! "A distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, in print or in print and online, ten thousand dollars ($10,000) awarded to Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post for his chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters." (He used to be the editor of Tropic Magazine, the Miami Herald's former treat.) Nice bit of writing.
For December 18th: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett .

Classics Klatch :: For December 4th:
Cervantes' Don Quixote. Try the Edith Grossman translation... she does the Gabriel Garcia Marquez books.

1 comment:

East Sider said...

Thanks to all for a great discussion on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Among many points of discussion: most people liked it, We went beyond surface language issues (I was thinking how like a teenager, to build a wall of impenetrable verbiage to keep people from seeing and knowing {the narrator's or even the writer's} true feelings) to get at the several very serious themes Diaz aimed for. LE noticed there were no even page numbers. MS wondered if any of the Spanish contained information critical to understanding the novel. BTW, most people did not look up the Spanish words to get an exact translation... they just took their meanings from the context (and existing Spanish vocabulary!). No one was very familiar with the comic/superhero figures, but we could see their narrative roles. BB mentioned the mongoose & man with no face.... Macondo vs. McOndo. MK really liked it and DG decided to give it another chance. I plan to go back & read his DROWN, which is supposed to be more autobiographical and contains the seeds for this novel.