New Years has come and gone and I am a sucker for resolutions, even the idealistic ones doomed to fail if it gets me moving in the right direction. A friend and I came up with a collaborative list and the one most immediately exciting was reading a book a week since I have a tendency to start lots of them and never get around to finishing a single one.
The perfect start was two short lil volumes sent over by a friend at New Directions (!)
The Helen’s of Troy, NY by Bernadette Mayer
Mixing poetry and prose with beautifully understated portrait photography, the title kinda says it all. A book about some of the many Helens living in Troy, NY. Faintly tragic just like the trajectory of the town. A nice short read on the bus between Boston and NY especially while passing through all the industrial decay.
The Red Notebook by Paul Auster
A book covering a couple dozen or so unbelievable true stories of coincidences, serendipity, etc taken from the authors long life of adventure-taking. It definitely reinforces the idea that the universe is hilarious and will usually take care of you if you put yourself out there which is a good feeling to bring into the new year. I guess I got a little bored with the format by the end of the book though. Maybe I shouldn’t have read it all at once. Maybe I lost my sense of wonder ???
This is fun, maybe I’ll do it every week so I don’t forget what I read immediately.