Billy Collins - Aimless Love
One of my favorite poets, and my first favorite. I had the opportunity hear Billy read from his latest collect, Aimless Love, last month. It was great to meet him… “So did your parents name you after Bob or Thomas,” he said after I told him the addressee of his autograph.
You’d think I’d have a canned response, but I’m not much of a planner. So I say, "It’s either neither or both, I’m not sure,"
"No, no, that’s right. You’re your own man."
New York Magazine - Global Design 2013
It’s not as much about the issue, as it is the magazine. I may not always have time to read the paper, even on Sundays, or get through a novel in less than 1-2 months, but I’ve never felt like I was getting through one of these. It’s just a solid, balanced magazine.
The Big Book of Anorak
A book made by the best children’s magazine in the world, Anorak makes me wants to have children, and until then I’ll be enjoying it alone.
Good reading this week.
Don DeLillo - Point Omega
The fourth of DeLillo’s novels that I’ve read and one of the best, although White Noise remains my favorite. The story follows a retired “war advisor” and the languishing filmmaker who has come to the man’s desert home with the intention of making a documentary film. DeLillo explains, “The ‘Omega Point’ of the title “…[is] the possible idea that human consciousness is reaching a point of exhaustion and that what comes next may be either a paroxysm or something enormously sublime and unenvisionable,” and that may be the most interesting theme of the of story.
One of the best “more than a lifestyle” magazines being published. This is September’s Issue, stolen from James. These guys also have a 24-hour radio station that Derrick, directeur sportif, listens to when not watching Hell on Wheels or Dutch cycling commentary.
World Policy Journal
Picked this up as I’m now sharing office space with the World Policy Institute. The current issue raises some brilliant questions about the balance of secrecy and security in world facing new threats and less respect for privacy and trust of those that claim it. The Journal’s editor David A. Andelman, previously served as Executive Editor of Forbes.com and as a domestic and foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
The True Story of Smokey Bear
First printed in 1960, this comic book tells the first thrilling adventure of Smokey Bear. I picked this up on one of my Deux North recon trips and will treasure it for years. You can download your own copy too.
The only time I get a lot of reading done is when I find an environment that makes more sense with a book. In South Africa I read 6 books - every page turned was done so on the bus to and from location. In Spain, it was in my bedroom under 4 blankets. In Oneonta, I go to the Laundramat. Under fluorescent lights and falling clothes, I do my best reading. My laundry hasn’t been very full lately, as I go to finish The Marrow of Tradition.
The new Augusten Burroughs book comes out April 29, get excited