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Best books and music

These were the top three books and musical discoveries for me this year. They’re alphabetized and not in order of preference.

BOOKS

  1. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer – Inspiring essays on preserving our ecosystem and restoring nature, written from the perspective of Native American tradition and spirituality.
  2. Essays One by Lydia Davis – A very rewarding and lively 512-page book, generally about the art and craft of writing. Davis discusses her own practices, and she also looks at the techniques of a wonderfully curated group of other writers. In addition, she discusses elements of visual art and photography.
  3. The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward – A memoir dealing with self-discovery, empowerment and family upbringing, conveyed through prose and poetry, written in a unique voice.
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Weekend

The workweek has passed like a stone in the night. Happy reading & writing, everybody.

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What I did

Made every effort to avoid my housemate.

Spent most of the day in bed reading, drinking espresso and writing.

I did make a quick run to the bookstore to analyze the difference between Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast as originally published vs. the so-called “restored” edition. I found out the restored edition is largely a sham, with uninteresting filler to aid in the marketing ploy. Filler included a long-winded intro, images of Hemingway’s handwritten notes and a section dedicated to his revision process, which was an absurd addition.

Made popcorn and grilled cheese, as well as an omelet with broccoli, onion & parmesan. Spent 5 hrs in the morning doing chores & errands.

Started a Goodreads account at goodreads.com/cassandra_k.

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Black coffee and saucer

Black coffee in espresso cup resting on saucer atop secondhand book purchased for 25¢. In bed I continue reading Allen Ginsberg’s Planet News. Morning outside: the sun struggles against the clouds. Reminded of Whitman while reading. Reminded of proclamations, with Ginsberg’s text stretching from end to end on page after page. Reminded of Ferlinghetti, with text drizzling downward in thin stacks.

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An intro to pretty much every topic you can think of

This Oxford University Press book series is great for those of us who are curious about everything and want to know it all. I spotted them at a local bookstore.

My favorites:

  • A Very Short Introduction to Identity
  • A Very Short Introduction to Infinity
  • A Very Short Introduction to Nothing
  • A Very Short Introduction to the History of Time
  • A Very Short Introduction to the Antarctic
  • A Very Short Introduction to Plate Tectonics
  • A Very Short Introduction to Chaos
  • A Very Short Introduction to Genes
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my poetry & art book wish lists

Is Santa listening yet?

POETRY

  1. The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath
  2. New Addresses: Poems by Kenneth Koch
  3. Selected Poems: Frank O’Hara
  4. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
  5. Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

ART

  1. Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper
  2. Marcel Broothaers: The Complete Prints
  3. Georgia O’Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz
  4. Pablo Picasso: The Lithographs
  5. Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage by Max Ernst