I can’t seem to think of a momentous topic to write about so I’ll just show you my latest reading.
An Alexander McCall Smith which has been on my shelf of unreads for quite a while. Definitely a comfort read. I like his books but in small doses separated by large amounts of time.
a new book by Andrea Camilleri – an Inspecctor Montalbano mystery. Set in Sicily with a convoluted plot but I have developed an affection for this Inspector and his colleagues and his girl friend. Again, I like these books but, like Alexander McCall Smith, in small doses after gaps in time.
Here’s an author I have not read before. I am only half way through. It is a collection of pieces written for The New Yorker over 60 and 70 years ago. So far I would compare Joseph Mitchell with John McPhee who is writing today but has been writing for many years on whatever topic takes his fancy. I first heard of Joseph Mitchell through reading my internet friend Matt’s blog – now on checking the table of contents I see that the stories that Matt recommended are much further along in this 700+ page book. Check Matt’s blog for June 11, 2011.
By the way, this book Up in the Old Hotel is one I found at the Couth Buzzard – a 2nd hand book store nearby where I have taken numerous books and have a huge amount of credit for same. But I’m still in the phase of trying to get rid of books rather than adding new or used ones to my collection. So I am staying away from the Couth Buzzard for a while longer before I go to redeem my credits.
As I write this, it has grown darker and darker and it is only 6 o’clock. The shortening of the days is on the gallop.