Tuesday, March 15, 2011


i have gotten out of the habit of reading fiction.  but yesterday in the bookstore i remembered how much i love joyce carol oates.  i plan to read sourland soon but for the time being i've gotten a couple older collections of short stories out of the library. 

"Oates is a dangerous writer in the best sense of the word, one who takes risks almost obsessively, with energy and relish." 
Julie Myerson

who are your favorite authors? what you think of oates?
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and a good armload of these terribly charming zip purses are in the shop.

that's all.
me

5 comments:

The Oak Leaves said...

Wow that photo is amazing... or the place rather. I had to blow it up and take a look around...

I haven't read oates... but my favorite author is Annie dillard. I prefer her first book, "pilgrim at tinker creek", to the others she is more famous for. In it she is very wordy and sort of goes off on tangents all over the place. I like it, it reminds me of how my mind works. But she was heavily criticized for it and is a little less dreamy in her other books...

Alexandra said...

Currently reading a book written by a customer at the coffee shop I used to work at. Delicate, Edible Birds and other short stories by Lauren Groff. She is also the author of Monsters of Templeton. "Mastery is a theme-Groff's women swim, they baton twirl, they write poetry, or they just try and try again to achieve the inner strength to exercise personal freedom."

panthercreekcottage said...

I was just in need of a new book to read. I just finished "We Took To The Woods", the story of Louise Dickinson Rich first published in 1942. A kindred soul who made me a little worried about becoming "woods queer". I haven't read Oates or Sourland. Might have to mosey on over to a bit of fiction myself. Your sewing inspired my "Needle Pulling Thread" blog post. Your zip purses are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

modaspia said...

i like oates too but agree she's dangerous to read. a few months ago i checked out a book from the library of short stories, "dear husband". a few of them were so grim i wish i could forget them..it's strange how your sensibilities change after you have kids i guess. what you can't stomach anymore. she's a good writer though...i guess that's the power of fiction.
i love jonathan lethem lately. we're the same age and i find myself especially enamored w/writers in their mid-forties now.

beth said...

Small doses of Oates work for me. I return to Louise Erdrich and Jim Harrison over and over. They create beautiful and flawed characters that stay with me, I miss them between each book.