2020 books catch up part 2

It's happened again. I read a bunch of books and didn't write anything about them. So here we go! What have I been reading lately? Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo This was a short, intense read about a man returning to the town of his birth to find his father. Though also, it is way …

Strange Hotel, by Eimear McBride

I don't know if I have ever identified so strongly with a character with who I share so little lived experiences. This was a powerful, sad, startling, sometimes funny, most times existentially upsetting, and overall extremely readable book. The story follows a woman through several brief moments during different periods in her life, each moment …

The Sundial, by Shirley Jackson

As with all the Jackson books I've read so far, this one features some people confined in a house, strange visions, and fear of the outside world. Aunt Fanny, of the Halloran family, has had a vision that the world will soon end. That is, it will end for anyone who is not safely inside …

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

If you don't want to be uncomfortably aware of your own existence--the heat of your breath, the presence of your tongue against your teeth, the weight of your hand resting on your thigh, the stickiness of your eyes, all of this, constant and inescapable--then possibly, avoid this book. The story takes the form of a …

Dead authors

I noticed today that all my favorite authors are dead. Then I noticed that almost everything I read at all is written by someone dead. I decided to do a count, and in the past 3 years (counting back from today) I've read something like 95 books, and only 19 of them (by 16 authors) …