Fresh list … fresh TBR stack … how I’m gonna “jumpstart” some fresh writing
January 9, 2009 § 6 Comments
I’ve paged and thrummed through a dozen back issues of GRANTA.
I’ve pored over my bookshelves for the ones I haven’t read yet.
This is what I’ve got in search of some “fresh” writing that I suspect could give me a new perspective and have me dusting off my own cobwebs, styles and cliches.
In the next few days, I will find the following and make a short stack of ’em for my January reads. Meanwhile, Nicholas Nickleby and Snobs will indeed get finished as well. (I’m surprised to find that Snobs by Julian Fellowes is so good. Maybe it’s my mood. It is NOT a page turner. But more on this book when it’s done.)
Creating a new find-and-force-myself-to-read-outside-my-comfort-zone bookstack:
THE PICKUP – by Nadine Gordimer (fiction)
…an author whom I have always intended to read and this is apparently her most recent work. Besides, it’s time to get out of comfortable settings and into Africa.
ST. LUCY’S HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES by Karen Russell (fiction- short story collection)
…I read the title story in Granta and was amazed. It struck me as completely unique in terms of voice and also story/subject matter. I can’t believe I’d forgotten about it and her complete story collection has been out since 2006! If you haven’t read the short story (title above), ya’ gotta get your hands on it. You may not love it, but you will read the whole thing, just to see …
AKENFIELD by Ronald Blythe (non-fiction)
… “a rich and perceptive portrait of life in an English village told in the voices of the farmers and villagers themselves” (Granta, vol. 90) The diary, basically, of an area. A great idea. And I have a copy of it, in paperback, old and dog-eared from an old friend. Which makes it all the more dear.
Also to jump my writing, some “photo” books by several who have published in Granta …
look for stuff by Stephen Gill … Postcards from Britain
look for stuff by Susan Meiselas … Prince Street Girls
look for more stuff by Robin Grierson … FamilyIf you have read any of the above, please let me know your thoughts on them. Oh yes, I am looking to get/firing up some fresh writing!