On my July reading queue is Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, and Denise Chávez’s The King and Queen of Comezón. I have made good progress on the first two and will be starting Comezón probably some time next weekend.
Morrison’s prose makes you feel the music and be right in the city as if the narrator is bringing you into the scene. Murakami’s novel is hard to put down. Not only the city at night reigns supreme, but certain difficult topics like human trafficking are dealt with in a masterful narration.
There’s music, there’s the city, there’s the being an actor/spectator amidst very intricate contradictions. Back to reading now. 🙂
Now that I am on a temporary “Facebook sabbatical” my incoming of regular, hand-written, addressed, stamped, and postmarked mail has increased. Of course, this also has to do with the fact that my mother passed away nearly a month ago, and my friends have been incredibly supportive sending messages of all kinds, i.e. e-mails, texts, calls.
I have also been buying blank cards to mail my friends and tell them thank you, as well as personalized messages, and maybe one or two anecdotes pertaining to that week’s happenings. It’s like having pen pals again!
As the summer season winds down, I’ll stash all these cards and letters in a special box. This regular mail is not so regular. 😉