A few words on two unconventional novels that I have enjoyed recently.
David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress: One of the best books I’ve read in a while. A woman believes she’s the last person on earth and tells of things like writing messages (“somebody is living on this beach”) on the beach, lining the Colosseum with open cans of cat food to lure a cat, and burning masterpieces in museums to keep warm. The novel is often funny, but doesn’t spare the reader from its chilly final pages. It’s a novel about ultimate loneliness and how funny can that be really?
Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine: This book is rife with meditations on things like shoelaces and paper towel dispensers, but the entire action of the novel occurs on an escalator ride up to the mezzanine of an office building. Baker’s hyper-focused writing and microscopic attention to detail make his novel bristle with insight on the items large and small that populate our day to day lives.
Road Trip of Love. Monterey & Big Sur. February 14-16, 2014.
Photos from our Valentine’s Day weekend trip up north taken by my beautiful and talented girlfriend!
— Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
Valentine’s Day. February 14, 2014.
Spent the day on the road driving up the state with Emily. I don’t need a special day to say it, but I love this woman very, very much!
This was one year ago today.
Now we’re headed up the coast to see the fishes and ride our bicycles.
Happy Valentine’s Day, babe!
— The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor
Disneyland! February 2, 2014.
Mix n’ Munch. South Pasadena. January 2014.
So I’m not sure why I hadn’t done so sooner, but I googled “bookstores in Los Angeles” this weekend and found this place. I cant believe I’ve been living here for 6 years and haven’t been there before. The place is 2 levels in downtown Los Angeles. It has old leather chairs and couches, cool music, records, small art studios and of course books… lots of them. They had books in there that I hadnt seen since I was a child. Their fantasy section was top notch and they had one whole section of the place set up by color, which I regret not taking a picture of. Needless to say, I walked out of there with a bunch of books, 8 to be exact.
— Mao II by Don DeLillo
Memorial Park Station. Pasadena, CA. January 18, 2014.
Began 2014 leaving 5630. Goodbye Highland Park. Hello South Pasadena!
Inside the bar-and-restaurant-studded, artist-friendly, new-and-improved Downtown L.A.
The Last Bookstore gets a shout out in this month’s GQ!