Thursday, December 30, 2010

almost as long as the dinosaurs

Readers, make a note to yourselves to never, EVER be sick over Christmas. Given the choice, I would have preferred coal in my stocking to the sinus infection I got this year. On the plus side, the forced downtime made me read a lot more than I would have, and I'm within 100 pages of finishing Kafka On the Shore. This is big-time stuff, and I'm definitely going to read more of Murakami's work after this. I'll have a proper review here once I'm done, though.

I also got some new books to kick off 2011 with style. Here are some of the highlights

-Two more books in the Flashman series (Flash for Freedom! and Flashman and the Redskins)
-Ishmael Reed's Yellow Back Radio Broke Down
-Volume one of Gordon Dahlquist's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

I also got Night Heron, my buddy Danny Glenn's newest volume of poetry, and fellow MFAer Joe Sheehan gave me a copy of his chapbook, Reflections In a Crystal Riot, that I already like because I got to read his work every week of the fall semester and he's great.

I've also got a new chapbook in the works for a January release, which will hopefully precede me reading at Last Rites at the end of that month. In fact, I should be working on the chapbook now. Sigh. No rest for the wicked.