Friday, May 14, 2010

Recommended Reading

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, By David Shields (Knopf, 2010).

For a full review of the book, please click on this link:

Georges Simonon, and Maigret

I’m at the post office most days, because I get my mail there (at a P.O. Box). Next door is the local branch of The Salvation Army. A few years ago I discovered they have a nice used-book selection, and since then have bought a lot of books there.

Here are two of them; both are part of the Maigret series, by Georges Simenon. I hadn’t read any of Simenon’s books before these, and enjoyed both very much.

Recommended Reading

“Hojoki—Visions of a Torn World,” by the poet Kamo-no-Chomei.

The book was written in the year 1212. The translation in this edition (Stone Bridge Press,1996) is by Yasuhiko Moriguchi and David Jenkins.

“Poet, reporter, social philosopher, monk, Kamo-no-Chomei is one of the great noble and solitary figures in all of Japanese literature, his incomparable Hojoki as relevant today as it was eight hundred years ago…”--comments, from the back-cover, by Sam Hamill.