I’m feeling a bit pleased with the library booty I’ve gathered up for holiday reading.
It’s been a fan-blooming-tastic year for poetry, and am looking forward to getting my teeth into Magnificent Moon by Ashleigh Young. It has had great reviews and I confess I got even more keen when I read her blog post on the book launch:
I suddenly realised that I’d made a serious omission in that poem: the vomit. Ah, the vomit! There is always another layer – of something, maybe not always of vomit – underneath the story, festering away. Which is why I’m now very excited about future projects. My six-year-old self is feeling very gleeful right now as well, because she finally got a book.
PS Ashleigh’s blog Eyelashroaming is a nuggety gem.
My ideal bookshelf art by Jane Mount, edited by Thessaly La Force
Ideal bookshelf neatly captures the personalness and attractiveness of books on a shelf. Yes, I suppose a librarian would say that …
The book features the ideal bookshelf of a pretty damn cool range of peeps, from Judd Apatow to:
writers Chuck Klosterman, Jennifer Egan, and Michael Chabon, musicians Patti Smith and Thurston Moore, chefs and food writers Alice Waters and Mark Bittman, and fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
Plus Thessaly La Force ties with Sonnet Stanfill for my favourite author name of the year.
The Perfume Lover Denyse Beaulieu
Given that Luca Turin is my homeboy, I think I’ll like a perfumey exploration. Though this description makes me a bit iffy:
When Denyse tells a famous perfumer of a sensual night spent in Seville under an orange tree in full blossom, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful young man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night.
Pop culture guff
Silhouettes from popular culture by Olly Moss. This is the dude behind some of the coolest pop culture referencing stuff around including Video Game classics and the spoiler tshirt from Threadless. While away some time guessing who the silhouettes are – from the Big Lebowski to Saved by the bell.
The History of the NME by Pat Long and How soon is now? The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music, 1975-2005 by Richard King will fill the need for a meaty beaty big and bouncy music tomes.
What is on your holiday to-read pile?