oh, right he could sing.
easily takes my prize for most anticipated of the year. was blown away by Ben Lerner’s first novel (LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION) and so frickin’ excited to read 10:04 (which @fsgbooks is publishing this September). #weeklychin #unfridayreads #arc (at NJ Transit )
spotted on the way home from trivia (I can name the three main ingredients of hollandaise; I cannot recognize Justin Long) last night. #nyc #taxitourism (at Times Square)
"I called it love, but it was something else - Bejahung in German, ‘saying yes.’”
#bud #spring #princeton (at Princeton, NJ)
epigraph for LIMONOV by Emmanuel Carrère (FSG is publishing this fall)
my father (a meteorologist) just sent me a weather chart for April 8, 1988. #birthday
And you wait, you wait for that one thing
that will infinitely enlarge your life;
the gigantic, the stupendous,
the awakening of stones,
depth turned round toward you.
The volumes bound in rust and gold
flicker dimly on the shelves;
and you think of lands traveled across,
of paintings, of the clothes of
women found and lost.
And then suddenly you know: it was then.
You rise, and before you
stands the fear and prayer and shape
of a vanished year.
Memory by Rainer Maria Rilke
Jack [Kennedy] has learned early that the best way to parry such attacks was with humor…When he took the stage [at the 1958 Gridiron dinner in Washington] to deliver his own remarks, he prefaced them by reading a telegram he ostentatiously pulled from his pocket. It was, he said, from his father: “Dear Jack–Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary–I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
From The Patriarch.
#queens #noguchi (at The Noguchi Museum)
two very different #fridayreads for you all. THE PATRIARCH (an exhaustive, excellent 800-page biography of Joseph P. Kennedy) and BUT BEAUTIFUL (a slim, fictive sort of book on jazz by the brilliant Geoff Dyer). (at Farrar, Straus And Giroux)