Rodrigo Márquez is the son of Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Rodrigo writes a letter to his late father in today’s NYTimes. He wonders what Gabriel would think about the current coronavirus given his plots around an insomnia pandemic and cholera. Perhaps that luck and fate determine whether one suffers and dies alone or surrounded by love.
Ironically, Rodrigo’s film Four Good Days about addiction was screened at Sundance this past January where it is said the coronavirus may have had the earliest detected spread in the U.S.
mAd Ben’s friend lives nearby and is a voracious reader. We trade book ideas. So. Yesterday I decided to inventory what’s currently on my shelves to lend her a few. It took much of the day. Which was great.
Click here if you want to see what’s on the UWS Stacks. Yes. That’s right. I alphabetized them by author.
Also recalled NYC and past Book Clubs and what we read. A perfect day. Any ideas for the next 28? +
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Although NYC Book Club was postponed this week, still intend to read the pick Dear Edward, by Ann Napolitano.
But. That’s after I finish Mantel’s last Thomas Cromwell in her trilogy, which could take quite a while. On page 200, 500+ to go. So far it is rich, dense and captivating. Thanks, Hilary!
A lighter and shorter diversion is Bret Stephens’ portrait of his avant-garde artist grandmother in today’s NYTimes. Whatta woman! Mexico with Trotsky & Rivera just for starters.
Conjured recent novel by Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea. Her familial perspective of the Spanish Civil War and later migration to Chile. Political and historical context made it a worthwhile read.
To avoid panic-demic:
Watching The Players Championship and putting a hex on DeChambeau. (Update: Or not. Cancelled the whole tournament at 10pm.) Reading Hilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light, the last of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. (They can’t cancel a book. Can they?) Always Soaps. (Update 3/13: Or not. Trump to speak during General Hospital.)
Staying away from Cable News & social media at all costs. Not opening alarmist alert e-mails from family and friends. Starting a rumor that all dogs need to be quarantined.
On the bright side. Trump looks to be trashing his chances for re-election with every speech. Yet. Pelosi is scary as well. Decrepit inept people running the Country. Now Joe. Really?
What did we do to deserve this? The American people did nothing wrong. Why are we being subjected to this extended torture? Days upon days of blathering bluster. Repetitive regurgitations of mindless muddle. The Senate Impeachment Trial.
House Managers. For 3 days. After a marathon yesterday. After hearing them for days in the House. Cannot abide Schiff or Nadler for another minute. As poor Lizzie, Bernie & Amy are stuck there kept from the campaign trail. Lucky Joe. Luckier Trump. And Mike!
Thanks to Book Club for a much needed diversion. Purple Hibiscus good or bad will be a godsend.
It’s that time again. Best Books lists are out. None seem particularly compelling. My own is short. Not a stellar crop this year.
Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
Snakes by Sadie Jones
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl
New novels by Richard Russo, Elinor Lipman & Ann Patchett were surprisingly lackluster. Full reviews on Book-Treks.com
Don Trump, Jr. is hawking a book.Triggered. He & ex-Fox-bot-current-girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle broke into the screeching coop at The View. Where five women typically engage in an indecipherable free-for-all. More so today. A few low blows hollered through. Blackface. Rape. Roman Polanski. Whistleblowers. The hens were a mess.
In 2018 a senior White House administration official calling him/herself Anonymous wrote an Op-Ed in the NYTimes. As part of the Insider Trump Resistance. His/her new book is coming out soon. The Warning. I guessed Kirstjen Nielsen or Nick Ayers then. Now. No clue.
While we were waking up to another soggy weekend morning, hearing the news that U.S. Special Forces bagged Al-Baghdadi, Tiger was teeing up his fourth round at the ZOZO Tournament in Japan. Which he won. Tying Sam Snead’s record.
Later. Niners crushed the Panthers 51 – 13. Can that be right? And. Belichick racked up his 300th Patriots win. As fans booed the Prez, Houston creamed the Nationals 7-1, now leading World Series 3-2.
Managed to get in a good mystery as well. Drowning With Others
by an amalgamated woman-man author team called Linda Keir.
How to get away from impeachment overload? Dive into a meandering tale along the Thames. Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield.
Where does Dr. Husband go to escape the book club discussion on a rainy day?
Museum of Natural History.