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kidzdoc "Stays Woke" in 2018, Chapter 2

This is a continuation of the topic kidzdoc "Stays Woke" in 2018, Chapter 1.

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Edited: Mar 15, 6:46pm Top

Scenes from Thursday's victory parade in Center City Philadelphia, which celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles's win in Super Bowl LII on Sunday over the favored New England Patriots, 41-33. This marks the first time the Eagles have won the Super Bowl, which was first played in 1967, and the first time they have been champions of the National Football League since 1960. So, yeah, it's kind of a big deal, especially for a fan base as rabid as Philadelphia's is.

The top photo looks down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the tree lined boulevard that connects City Hall, seen in the top middle, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is seen in the second photo. The main portion of the parade route traveled up the Parkway, and the ceremony was held on the steps leading up to the museum, which is one of the world's great art museums, a stunning work of architecture, and an iconic city structure, along with City Hall, Independence Hall, and 30th Street Station.

Currently reading:


The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses by Meredith Wadman
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz

Completed Books:


1. Red Star Over Russia: Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 by Sidlina Natalia
2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
3. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
4. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

5. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
6. Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker
7. In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's by Joseph Jebelli
8. Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing
9. I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
10. The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin
11. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

12. Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff
13. Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
14. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Edited: Feb 10, 10:55am Top

Classic 20th Century Novels from the African Diaspora

Blind Man with a Pistol by Chester Himes
The Emigrants by George Lamming
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (re-read)
Maps by Nuruddin Farah
Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston
Native Son by Richard Wright
Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa
Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau

Notable 21st Century Literature from the African Diaspora

Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
The Drift Latitudes by Jamal Mahjoub
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Juice!: A Novel by Ishmael Reed
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Pym by Mat Johnson
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans by Rosalyn Story
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction from the African Diaspora

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable
Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil by W.E.B. Du Bois
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
If They Come in the Morning … : Voices of Resistance, edited by Angela Y. Davis
In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture by K. Anthony Appiah
Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole
Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou
The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music by George E. Lewis
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Autobiographies, Biographies and Memoirs from the African Diaspora

Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Frantz Fanon: A Biography by David Macey
I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson
The Last Holiday: A Memoir by Gil Scott-Heron
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mingus Speaks by John F. Goodman
Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford
Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood
Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

Edited: Mar 15, 6:55pm Top

The Man Booker International Prize 2018 Longlist:

Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)
Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)
Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)
Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)
László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)
Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)
Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist: TBD

Edited: Mar 7, 10:46am Top

Iberian Literature and Nonfiction

A Bad End by Fernando Royuela
The Calligraphy of Dreams by Juan Marsé
Catalonia: A Cultural History by Michael Eaude
The Dolls' Room by Llorenç Villalonga
Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes
The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla
The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
The Inquisitors' Manual by António Lobo Antunes
Life Embitters by Josep Pla
The Moor's Last Stand: How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End by Elizabeth Drayson
The New Spaniards by John Hooper
Obabakoak by Bernardo Atxaga
Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente
Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra
The Selected Stories of Mercé Rodoreda
The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain by Raphael Minder
Things Look Different in the Light by Medardo Fraile
The Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares

Edited: Feb 10, 11:02am Top

Reading Globally in 2018: Quarterly Reads

1. Travelling the TBR

2. Japan and the Koreas

3. Between Giants: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

4. Tradition and Change

Edited: Feb 10, 11:06am Top

Voices of Color/Social Justice

Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots by Jonathan Curiel
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner
Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America by Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia
To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War by John Gibler
Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid by Joseph Nevins
The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America, edited by Rubén G. Rumbaut and Alejandro Portes
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
For the Muslims: Islamophobia in France by Edwy Plenel
The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America by Óscar Martínez
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi
Howard Zinn on Race by Howard Zinn
Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation by Ray Suarez
Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South by Mary E. Odem
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The Mosaic of Islam: A Conversation with Perry Anderson by Suleiman Mourad
The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham D. Aidi
Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties by Karen L. Ishizuka
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker
What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam by John L. Esposito
Who Are We: And Should It Matter in the Twenty-First Century? by Gary Younge

Edited: Mar 14, 7:01am Top

2018 Wellcome Book Prize longlist:

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli
Plot 29: A Memoir by Allan Jenkins
The White Book by Han Kang translated by Deborah Smith
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death by Mark O’Connell
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing
Behave: The Biology of humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky
The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses by Meredith Wadman

2017 Wellcome Book Prize longlist:

*How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
*When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
*Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (alternate title: The Heart: A Novel)
The Golden Age by Joan London
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant
*The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
*The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
Miss Jane by Brad Watson
*I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

Edited: Feb 10, 11:13am Top

Many of us who are long time members of Club Read and 75 Books were friends of rebeccanyc, who died last summer. I had the pleasure of meeting my "book sister" once, and she was both one of my first friends on LibraryThing, and a huge influence on my reading. We were both huge fans of Mario Vargas Llosa and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and we share just over 400 books in our LT libraries.

I intend to honor her in 2018 by reading at least 10 books that we share in common.

In Memory of RebeccaNYC

1984 by George Orwell
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer
The Green House by Mario Vargas Llosa
The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou
The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Metro Stop Paris: An Underground History of the CIty of Light by Gregor Dallas
Of Africa by Wole Soyinka
Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Edited: Feb 10, 11:16am Top

My planned reads for February will consist of books written by or about authors from the African diaspora, in celebration of Black History Month. I'll try to read the following six books, four works of nonfiction, and two novels of historical importance:

The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (winner of the 1991 Booker Prize)
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (winner of the 2015 Giller Prize)
Frantz Fanon: A Biography by David Macey
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker

Feb 10, 10:48am Top

This thread is open for business. Please help yourself to a Tom Brady Butterfingers donut, which was created by Dottie's Donuts in Philadelphia this week in honor of Tom Brady's dropped pass in the Super Bowl:

Feb 10, 11:27am Top

That's funny....and just in time for Paczki day in Detroit!!


Feb 10, 11:46am Top

Happy New Thread, Darryl!

Good to see the Eagles celebration continuing. What a great game and great victory that was.

That Philadelphia Museum of Art is a knockout. It's been forever since I've been there. I need to get back, and I want to see what they did in moving the Barnes Collection. (Yes, it's been that long!)

Ian MacKellan in King Lear?! Can't wait!

Feb 10, 11:56am Top

Happy new thread, Darryl. I'm happy for the Eagles even though they did beat the Vikings. Maybe next year it will be the Vikings' turn for the elusive first SB win.

Feb 10, 12:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Darryl.

Feb 10, 12:57pm Top

Happy new thread, Darryl!

Feb 10, 2:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Darryl!
Love the scenes from the victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles. The fans waited a long time for this win!

Edited: Feb 10, 3:24pm Top

Happy new thread. Always pro doughnuts (even if they have sporting references that pass me by!).

Your planned reads for February look great. I want to get hold of the Penguin book The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers.

Feb 10, 4:30pm Top

Happy new thread Darryl, hope you are feeling better mate and the flu is easing off. Great photos of the victorious Eagles parade, really chuffed for them. Sending love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

Feb 10, 6:50pm Top

Happy new thread, Darryl, hope you are feeling better, and hurrah for Philly and butterfingers!

Feb 10, 7:22pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 11, 8:54pm Top

Happy new thread, Darryl. The flu that I had in early January affected my appetite and taste buds as well. Everything tasted salty so foods with lots of salt were inedible. That last about two weeks, the cough lasted much longer. I hope that your sickness doesn't linger on as long but it shouldn't because you had the flu shot, I didn't.

The Wellcome Book longlist looks interesting, particularly the book about Lister and the history of surgery.

Feb 12, 7:32am Top

Happy new thread, Darryl.

>9 kidzdoc: That is a lovely idea. I was also an admirer of the insightful intelligence and understated generosity of spirit that Rebecca possessed. I always looked for her thoughts on books to gauge my own likely impressions and enjoyed her reviews immensely.

I miss her on LT and will glad join you on a tribute read or two to the fine lady this year when books coincide for us - Bulgakov, Saramago, The Long Ships, Soyinka and Petals of Blood in particular.

Feb 12, 10:55am Top

>18 charl08: ouch, hit by a bullet Charlotte, thanks for that.

Happy new thread Darryl.

Are you fully recovered now?

Feb 12, 1:09pm Top

Happy New Thread!

Hope you're continuing to recover. I'm sorry you have to spend your week off feeling less than good.

Feb 13, 12:59pm Top

For those reading (or contemplating) Go, Went, Gone, the NYT has a great article about the Berlin Wall today: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/world/europe/berlin-wall-equinox-east-germany.html?

Feb 13, 1:51pm Top

>26 tangledthread: - Thanks for that link. Such an interesting article

Feb 13, 11:51pm Top

>1 kidzdoc: Woot! I loved the Eagles' win!

>26 tangledthread: So interesting. Thanks for posting!

I have and still need to read Petals of Blood.

Happy New Thread, Darryl!

Feb 18, 6:42am Top

Happy new thread Darryl. Hope you are continuing to recover from the flu.

Thank you for posting the Wellcome books prize longlist on your last thread - I added several of those to my (extremely long) to read list.

Feb 18, 10:10am Top

Happy New Thread, Darryl! I hope you're feeling much better by now?
I just read up on your symptoms on your last thread to see if the virus I had this last week was the same as yours. Sounds at least similar, and I can also report that things taste "strange". I threw out all veggies and eggs from my fridge yesterday, because from smell and taste I can't tell if they're still okay or not (and the neighbors are in Spain, so I couldn't ask or give away).
If boiled dry pasta or oatmeal tastes strange and metallic, at least I know it's my taste buds.

Edited: Feb 19, 8:56am Top

Oof. Another Monday is here, and another potentially grueling week on service. I didn't do much other than read and sleep this weekend, so it felt like one day off instead of two. I did finish two books from this year's Wellcome Book Prize longlist, In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli (excellent and inspiring), and Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing (mediocre and disappointing). I'm on the teaching service with the medical students and residents this week, and the kids are off from school due to winter break, so this should be an easier week at work, and hopefully I'll be able to catch up here before next weekend.

I'm nearly completely recovered from the flu, save for a lingering bronchitic cough and a hoarse voice. Most of my friends who have had the flu were sick for three weeks, and it's been 16 days since I first became ill, so I'm on par for the course.

Have a good week, everyone!

Feb 19, 9:45am Top

Have a good week Daryl. You did it again...In Pursuit of Memory is now on hold at my library.

Also, NPR did a story on an interesting gathering in Atlanta this week:

Feb 24, 8:11am Top

Happy Saturday, Darryl! Glad to see you are starting to feel better!

Feb 24, 8:36am Top

Great to hear re In Pursuit of Memory, Darryl. I've added it to the WL.

16 days already of flu, ouch. Sorry the bad one nabbed you. I hope this potentially tough week goes relatively easy on you.

Feb 24, 8:47am Top

I hope you feel much better, Darryl.

Edited: Feb 24, 10:21am Top

Happy Saturday, everyone! As I had hoped, this week was a much easier one on service, as there were significantly fewer patients on the General Pediatrics census (20-25 less than the previous week), and my two call days were busy without being hideous. There were far fewer patients who tested positive for flu last week, and I anticipate that next week's Virometer from Children's will show a continued decline in the number of positive influenza tests from this week. Hopefully the worst of winter is now behind us.

I seem to have regained my reading mojo during the past two weeks, even though I worked for a full five days each week. I've already finished two books this week, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell, and The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin, which were both very good. I'll finish at least one book this weekend, Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis, and I'll start reading Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff either today or tomorrow. I've now read 10 books so far this year, a mark I didn't accomplish until the end of April last year, and I should do even better in the spring and summer months.

The end of February marks the end of my horrible winter schedule from November through February, during which I work many more shifts than I do the other eight months of the year. Starting in March I'll have roughly twice as many days off as I did these past four months, and I'll be off for the entire month of June again, which, as usual, I'll spend in Europe. I'll spend a week with my parents starting next Saturday (and attend the LT meet up in Philadelphia next Sunday), and I'll travel to San Francisco on my birthday, March 24th, for a four day long weekend, to see a couple of jazz concerts, a play, and hopefully meet up with a couple of former colleagues who moved from Atlanta to SF.

I've written mini-reviews of most of the books I've read on Goodreads, but not posted them here, as I had intended to write longer and more thoughtful reviews of them when I had some free time. I think I'll post those mini-reviews here, and try to expound upon at least some of them starting next month.

ETA: Falling asleep...will catch up later.

Feb 24, 2:20pm Top

>12 tangledthread: Nice. I hadn't heard of pączki before. One of my parents' closest neighbors is Polish, who grew up in South Philadelphia before his family moved to the suburbs. I'm sure I'll see Frank next month, and I'll ask him about these doughnuts.

>13 jnwelch: Belated thanks, Joe. I wish I could have been in Philadelphia during the Super Bowl celebrations, although I doubt that I would have gone to the parade.

I haven't been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art since last summer, but next weekend's LT meet up will include a visit to that great museum.

Yes!!! I'm looking forward to seeing Ian McKellen play King Lear in September, and, of course, seeing you & Debbi again.

>14 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. Now that the Eagles have won their first Super Bowl the Vikings are probably next in line as the most deserving team to end the season as NFL champions. As long as the Eagles aren't in it I'll gladly root for them.

>15 jessibud2:, >16 scaifea: Thanks, Shelley and Amber!

Feb 24, 2:32pm Top

Glad to read you feel recovered Darryl, and that you have your reading mojo back. I'll add In Pursuit of Memory to the wishlist.

Feb 24, 2:36pm Top

>17 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles' first Super Bowl win was a long time coming (the first Super Bowl was played in 1967), and it arguably meant as much to the city as any other NFL champion, especially since all of the other major sports teams in Philadelphia (Phillies, 76ers, Flyers) have won championships in the lifetimes of many of us.

BTW I'm thinking of visiting the Netherlands in early June. I'll keep you, Connie, Sanne, Jacqueline, Mark and others posted once my plans become more firm, hopefully by April.

>18 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. Hmm...I didn't think the butterfingers reference was limited to sports. Is that word not used in the UK?

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers sounds good. Have you been able to get a copy of it?

>19 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. I have a lingering bronchitic cough that hasn't improved during the week, but I'm not sure if it's a residual effect from the flu, allergies (many of the trees are now in bloom here), or both. It's only a minor nuisance, though, so I won't complain about it.

How is Karen doing? And yourself? I'll pay a visit to your thread shortly.

BTW, are unwashed Americans like me allowed to say "mate"? I've told Rachael (FlossieT, a formerly active LTer from Cambridge that few of you know and fewer have met, although we are good friends) that she, as an Englishwoman, is not allowed to say "y'all". 😎

>20 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

Feb 24, 3:02pm Top

>21 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. Are you traveling to Philadelphia for the meet up? If so I very much look forward to meeting you next Sunday!

>22 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. At least two dozen of my physician and nurse colleagues and classmates from medical school and residency were felled by the flu this year, all of whom were vaccinated against it, and essentially all of them I've spoken to or heard from have reported a cough that lasted three weeks or longer, and a loss of appetite and altered taste that lasted for nearly as long. My appetite has essentially normalized, although my interest in some foods I cook and usually like hasn't completely returned yet. I have ingredients to make another batch of Detox Crock Pot Lentil Soup, but I'm not overly eager to make it, although I loved it when I first tried the recipe last month. I'll still make it this weekend, either this evening or sometime tomorrow.

I should have received some protection from the influenza vaccine, but it certainly didn't seem that way. I ran daily fevers from Super Bowl Sunday through the following Thursday, was afebrile the next day, but developed a fever two Saturdays ago. I'm not sure of the last time I had a febrile illness that lasted that long, but I suspect that it may have been when I had strep throat during my freshman year at Tulane University in 1979. I was sick with the flu a decade or so ago, another year when the vaccine was largely ineffective, but I was only sick with fever for 2-3 days.

I've now read four of the books longlisted for this year's Wellcome Book Prize, including three this month (I read The White Book by Han Kang last November), and I've enjoyed all but one of them so far. I intend to read four more longlisted books in March, and finish the longlist in April.

>23 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Rebecca is sadly missed by many of us, and it pains me to think that I'll never read her thoughtful comments about books and other topics again. I haven't read any books that we share, but I'll plan to get to at least one in March, probably The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou, an African author who we are both fond of. I'll almost certainly read Petals of Blood in April or May.

>24 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline. As I just mentioned above, most of my friends and colleagues who caught the flu this year were sick for three weeks, and it's now been exactly three weeks since I first became ill. Other than this lingering cough, which others have also reported, I am finally back to normal, although I do seem to be more tired today than I would expect, given that I slept well most days of the past work week. I took a nearly three hour nap, and another snooze may be in order before dinner.

>25 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. I hated that I had to spend my only off week so far this year at home sick, but I'm far more grateful that I didn't have to work that week, and that I became sick before I was scheduled to visit my parents, as my mother may well have needed hospitalization had she caught this strain of the flu from me. Hopefully I can stay well during the next seven days, and proceed with plans to visit them starting next Saturday.

Feb 24, 3:18pm Top

Good to hear you feel better & even finished some books, Darryl!

>39 kidzdoc: That would be great to see you again. I assumed a longer stay in Europe would not happen this year because of your parents. We have no plans for June yet ;-)

Feb 24, 3:48pm Top

>26 tangledthread: Thanks for posting that NYT article, tangledthread! I glanced at it briefly, and I'll read it more closely later today.

Go, Went, Gone is my favorite of the 10 books I've read so far this year. I may have mentioned previously that I attended Jenny Erpenbeck's talk about the book during the Edinburgh International Book Festival last August; I'll look to see if a video of it has been posted on the EIBF web site yet...no. However, the talk she and Nicole Krauss gave at the 92nd Street Y in NYC late last year about this novel is available on YouTube:


I'll look at it when I visit my parents next month.

The longlist for this year's Man Booker International Prize will be announced on March 12th. I would be shocked, and very disappointed, if Go, Went, Gone wasn't selected.

>28 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. I look forward to meeting you in Philadelphia next weekend!

>29 souloftherose: Thanks, Heather. I'm essentially over the flu, and I'm glad that the season in Georgia is apparently on the wane. I've taken care of several very sick kids with it this year, including one boy I saw on Thursday and Friday, and I may have mentioned that at least three patients died in our PICU as a result of influenza infection, along with at least 84 kids in the US, so it's been an awful season for many families.

I'll be curious to see which books from the Wellcome Book Prize longlist you decide to read.

>30 Deern: Thanks, Nathalie! I find it interesting that so many people who were formally diagnosed or suspected of having the flu reported a longstanding cough and significantly decreased appetite, along with alteration of their sense of taste. I had the last of the blackened shrimp pasta I made two Saturdays ago, and fortunately the pasta didn't have a metallic taste to it, and I was able to enjoy it when other homemade foods weren't appealing to me. I don't think I posted that recipe, so I'll do so shortly.

I didn't know that you were also sick. I'm sorry to hear that, and I hope that you're fully recovered by now.

Feb 24, 4:04pm Top

>32 tangledthread: Excellent, tangledthread. I'll have to write a proper review of In Pursuit of Memory, either next week or, more likely, the following week when I visit my parents.

Thanks for the link to that NPR article. I hadn't heard about that conference, so I'll have to find out more about it.

>33 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Happy Saturday to you and your family. How is the little one doing?

>34 jnwelch: I hope that you enjoy In Pursuit of Memory as much as I did, Joe.

This case of influenza was the worst infectious illness I've had since I was sick with pertussis and secondary walking pneumonia in early 2000, during my last few months of residency. That infection and the resultant cough lasted for roughly three months, so that illness was definitely worse than this one was.

>35 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. I'm definitely better than I was last Saturday, and far better than I was at this time two weeks ago, when I was running a fever and coughing frequently.

Feb 24, 4:08pm Top

>38 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I hope that you can find and read In Pursuit of Memory soon.

>41 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. My parents are both doing better, per their report, so I'll proceed with my usual summer plans. I'll know more when I see them next month, but they were in good spirits when I talked to them on Sunday; I'll call them later today or, more likely, tomorrow.

I'll look at the schedule for the Holland Festival early next month, and touch base with you, Sanne, Connie and Jacqueline, along with Claire.

Feb 25, 12:56am Top

>39 kidzdoc: I don't know if Charlotte's comment related to the term butterfingers or the incident in the Super Bowl. I'm certainly familiar with the former and was completely unaware of the latter until I saw your post. I didn't even watch for the ads, this year.

Edited: Feb 25, 9:13am Top

>43 kidzdoc: Thanks for asking, Darryl. Elissa is doing great and no issues lately! By the looks of her and her behaviour you would never guess what she went through if you didn't know about it already.

Feb 25, 7:12am Top

>45 jjmcgaffey: Ah. You're probably right, Jennifer. I watched the second half of the game but missed most of the ads. I'll have to watch them at some point.

Edited: Feb 25, 7:22am Top

>46 ChelleBearss: I'm glad that Elissa is doing well, Chelle! I pray that influenza does not darken your front door this season.

Edited: Feb 25, 2:03pm Top

Planned reads for March:

Compared to What? Characteristics Between Plants, Animals, and Humans by Yesh Yonas
The Impostor by Javier Cercas
The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
Winter by Ali Smith
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix
The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses by Meredith Wadman

Feb 25, 7:41am Top

Morning, Darryl. Happy Sunday. Finally checking in. I hope the workload has been decent for you. How was Fifteen Dogs? I have been curious about that one. I also want to read Smith's Winter. Loved her Autumn.

Feb 25, 7:56am Top

Happy Sunday, Mark! This past work week was manageable, thanks largely to the stellar team of residents and medical students I worked with, along with the decline in patients hospitalized due to influenza infection the past two weeks. I'll likely have a busier week starting tomorrow, since I won't be on the teaching service (the residents write all of the notes, a chore which usually takes 2-3 hours to do when we're busy), but I'll be off for a solid week starting on Saturday, and I'll resume my lighter March to October schedule after that.

I'm over halfway through Fifteen Dogs, and with a little more than 80 pages to go I'll finish it today. It's been superb so far.

I attended Ali Smith's talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last summer, during the week in which she had submitted Winter to her publisher. She read the first chapter of the book to us, and I think I can speak for nearly everyone else in the audience in saying that we were all enthralled. She is a modest but entertaining and engaging speaker, as was Karl Ove Knausgaard, to my surprise; I saw him speak in Edinburgh as well.

Feb 25, 8:02am Top

Good Sunday to you, Darryl. I too am looking forward to the Booker International long list. Will you be hosting a thread for the BI as well?

Feb 25, 8:06am Top

>52 Carmenere: Happy Sunday to you, too, Lynda. Yes, I will host a thread for the Man Booker International Prize this year, which I failed to do in 2016 and 2017. I've enjoyed many of the MBIP longlisted books since its format changed two years ago, and I'd like to pay more attention to it this year. The longlist announcement will take place on March 12th.


Edited: Feb 25, 8:24am Top

That's great, Darryl! Thanks!
ETA: Although, in the past, some BI selections are difficult to get my hands on, I've been reading what is available and have found them quite good and would otherwise not have never been picked up on my radar.

Feb 25, 8:57am Top

Glad you are loving Fifteen Dogs. It looks like it has quite mixed reviews, so I was wondering about that. Enjoy your Sunday. I am sure you will be cooking.

Feb 25, 9:05am Top

>55 msf59: Thanks, Mark. I haven't read many reviews of Fifteen Dogs, and none recently, so I have no expectations or preconceived notions about it.

Ha! Yes, I will be cooking later today (another batch of Detox Crock Pot Lentil Soup for dinner, and possibly Garlic Cheddar Cheese Shrimp Grits for lunch), although I'll fit in a good amount of reading as well. A cold front is currently passing through North Georgia, and today will essentially be a washout.

Feb 25, 9:15am Top

>46 ChelleBearss: We have escaped it so far. Keeping my fingers crossed that the end of season is near!

>53 kidzdoc: I'll have to pay more attention to the Booker Prize this year. My attempts at reading it, and my thread, have been neglected for a long time.

Feb 25, 2:08pm Top

>57 ChelleBearss: I'll keep my fingers crossed for your family, especially little Elissa, as well, Chelle. According to the latest FluView from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, influenza acitivity was still widespread and extremely high for most states during the week of 11-17 February, but we've seen a significant drop off in the number of positive tests at Children's during the last two weeks. We'll find out about this week when the Virometer report is published on Tuesday.

I'll continue to pay close attention to both the Man Booker International Prize and the Man Booker Prize in 2018, and post both longlists when they are announced. The MBIP longlist will be announced in a little over two weeks, and the Booker Prize longlist comes out on 18 July.

Feb 25, 4:44pm Top

>39 kidzdoc:, Hi Darryl mate, as far as I am concerned and I am sure Mr Cranswick would agree, we make you an honorary Yorkshireman and that allows you to say "mate". Karen is still suffering with her cold but she had a good day with Amy in Leeds and we went to the cinema today to see Finding Your Feet. I just have a bit of a Catarrh cough but apart from that I am ok.

Hope your lingering bronchitic cough is not causing you too much of a problem and apart from that hope you are having a good weekend mate.

Feb 25, 5:30pm Top

Yep, along with mrsdrneutron! I'm really looking forward to it - like you, my work schedule is crazy busy right now.

Feb 25, 7:13pm Top

Hi Darryl - thought you might empathise with these New Zealand & Australian doctors - The Royal Australasian College of Physicians said an "unknown technical fault" was to blame for trainees not being able to finish their basic training test at sites across Australia and New Zealand.
127 Kiwi doctors must resit biggest exam of their careers after computer glitch

Feb 27, 6:09pm Top

Hi Darryl. I love your reading list for March. I loved Winter by Ali Smith. She has become one of my favorite authors. I'm envious that you got to hear her speak.

I'm looking forward to meeting you on Sunday ~ I'm so glad you are able to join us.

Feb 27, 6:28pm Top

Oh man, is there a meetup in the offing? I wish I could join you. Have a great time, Darryl.

Mar 4, 1:07pm Top

Darryl--Sorry, man. I lost this thread for a bit. Also sorry you got hit with the dreaded flu--glad you are over the worst of it. Cheers for switching to the lighter work load again and I am jealous of you for hearing Ali Smith AND for the meetup. Have fun and make sure there are photos!!

Mar 4, 1:33pm Top

>49 kidzdoc: Great reading list for March Darryl - look forward to hearing more.
(and yes re >45 jjmcgaffey: - Superbowl clueless!)

Mar 7, 11:09am Top

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I decided not to fly to Philadelphia on Saturday, so I didn't make it to Sunday's meet up. I definitely made the right choice, as I was about as exhausted as I've been in a very long time (I did little more than sleep and occasionally read the past four days), and I won't have to worry about returning to Atlanta on Friday after the current nor'easter that is passing through the area. I finally feel rested this morning, although a pulled right pectoral muscle from coughing and a touch of gout have left me a bit hobbled. I'll do some reading and cooking today, and go out tomorrow and Friday to run errands before I go back to work on Saturday. I'll work Sat-Fri, have the following weekend off, then work Mon-Fri. My birthday is on Saturday the 24th, and since I'm off from March 24-29 I've booked a long weekend in San Francisco, along with tickets to see one play, two jazz concerts, and an exhibition at SF MoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Now that I'm finished with my intense winter work schedule I've started to look into travel plans for the next few months. I'll ask for a week of vacation so that I can make my first trip to London in mid-May. One of my work partners and a friend of hers booked a tour of Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla in mid June, and last week she invited me to meet up with them. I had thought about returning to Barcelona and Madrid this year, so I'll almost certainly take her up on her offer, although I won't join the tour, as I'm familiar with Barcelona and visited Madrid for the first time last summer. I'll probably spend the first 7-10 days of June in the Netherlands, both to attend the Holland Festival and to see Anita & Frank, and hopefully Connie, Sanne, Jacqueline and Mark, who all came to the LT meet up in Leiden two years ago. I'll stay stateside in July, and hopefully be able to spend a couple of weeks with my parents and meet up with LTers in Philadelphia, NYC and Boston then or later in the year. I've already booked a hotel room and flights for the Edinburgh Festivals, and I'll be there from August 16-24. And, as Joe alluded to, I booked tickets to see Ian McKellan's portrayal of King Lear in the West End in mid September, so a return trip to London is in the cards that month. I would love to go back to the EFG London Jazz Festival, presumably in November, and hopefully that will be my last vacation of the year.

I've been a complete slacker in terms of writing reviews, and I won't be able to do so this week, as I thought I would do. I'll try to catch up, sometime...

Edited: Mar 7, 11:27am Top

>59 johnsimpson: Thanks, mate! I shall wear my honorary Yorkshire membership with pride.

I hope that you and Karen are fully recovered from your illnesses. My cough finally abated this weekend, but not until I had a bad coughing fit at work on Friday, which caused me to vomit and to strain my right pectoral muscle, which hurt like heck this weekend and made it difficult to sleep. The pain is much better now, fortunately.

>60 drneutron: I'm sorry that I missed the meet up, Jim! It looks like a grand time was had by all. Hopefully there will be another opportunity for us to get together later this year.

>61 avatiakh: Yikes. I'm sorry to hear about those trainee doctors, Kerry. I and my classmates had to take three such exams, Steps 1-3 of the USMLE (US Medical Licensing Examination), which we were required to pass to graduate from medical school (Steps 1 and 2) and residency (Step 3), and I and my residency classmates had to pass the American Board of Pediatrics Certification Eamination in General Pediatrics to become a board certified pediatrician. Although having to sit for the exam again is a royal pain, especially if it's a lengthy one (the USMLE exams were, IIRC, 16 hour exams held over two days, and were as much tests of endurance as they were tests of knowledge), taking it again wouldn't be as bad as it may seem. The student doctors have already put in the work to study for the test, and if they studied properly it should be easier and less stressful to take it a second time. Hopefully their vacations won't be affected by this failure; that would be a real PITA.

>62 EBT1002: I'm sorry that I missed meeting you on Sunday, Ellen. I hope that you were able to get an early flight back to Seattle today, although being "stuck" in Philadelphia wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, IMO.

I'll probably read Winter next week or the following one. Several of the talks given at last summer's Edinburgh International Book Festival have been transformed into YouTube videos, although, to my knowledge, none of the ones I went to have been so far, including Ali Smith's talk, although it was filmed. If it does become available I'll post a link to it on my thread, and my Facebook timeline.

Mar 7, 11:31am Top

>63 jnwelch: Yep. I'm sure you've seen the photos of the latest Philadelphia meet up, Joe. I'm sure there will be others in the future, and hopefully I, Laura and others can show you and Debbi what a great city Philadelphia is.

>64 Berly: Thanks, Kim. I'm glad to be finished with my horrid winter schedule, and now that influenza is on the wane hopefully our service will drop to more reasonable levels until autumn.

>65 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I was too sleepy and brain dead to do much reading over the past two weeks, although I finally finished the John Coltrane biography late last night. Now that I've rejoined the community of the living I should be able to get back on track.

Mar 7, 11:51am Top

>66 kidzdoc: Darryl, I saw Ian McKellan play King Lear at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater a few years ago. He was fantastic. You are in for a treat - though Lear is such a dark play it is emotionally draining.

Mar 7, 12:36pm Top

>69 Oberon: That's fabulous, Erik! I saw King Lear for the first time two or three years ago at the National Theatre in London, which starred Simon Russell Beale. It was dark and emotionally draining, as you said, and I look forward to Ian McKellen's portrayal of the doomed king.

Mar 7, 12:51pm Top

I also saw McKellen in King Lear at the Guthrie. It was amazing.

Mar 7, 1:08pm Top

Hey, buddy. I finished In Pursuit of Memory and liked it very much. We're getting so close to making major inroads on Alzheimer's . . .

Edited: Mar 7, 1:35pm Top

>71 BLBera: Excellent, Beth. I look forward to seeing the play!

>72 jnwelch: I also liked In Pursuit of Memory, Joe. It was a well written summary of the history of Alzheimer's dementia, and the current efforts to achieve treatment for it, if not a cure, provide hope for future generations.

ETA: I've now finished four of the 12 books longlisted for this year's Wellcome Book Prize, and all of them have been at least very good. I just started reading the novel Midwinter Break by the Northern Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty, which I hope to finish by tomorrow. I intend to read four longlisted books this month, and four more in April.

Mar 7, 5:32pm Top

>66 kidzdoc: Glad you got the sleep you needed, Darryl.
Looking forward to June :-)

Mar 8, 5:53am Top

>66 kidzdoc: Your travel plans sound great! I'll look forward to seeing you in May. I will be in Philly from June 1-10, so I won't be able to hop over to the Netherlands to join you, but maybe I'll catch you in Edinburgh in August, and definitely in London in September. It's good to have things to look forward to!

Mar 8, 7:01am Top

>66 kidzdoc: Glad you chose to recharge your batteries Darryl, and are feeling more chipper. It makes a difference.

I look forward to catching up on your trips to London. I think I'm Leared out though, so will give that one a miss (the last production with Simon Russell Beale was my favourite of four seen I think). I'm sure McKellan will be very fine though. I have seen him on stage many times, and he has never disappointed. We saw him in a production with his buddy Patrick Stewart, of course (with Joe and Debbi).

Mar 8, 9:37am Top

We'll meet eventually! I'll likely be in Florida for the launch in July when you're Stateside. But I'm sure that won't the last time you're in Philly, and we may just need to visit Atlanta some day!

Mar 8, 9:51am Top

Just waving as I try to catch up, Darryl. The Philly meet-up wasn't in the cards for me this time either. As always, it's enlightening to see what you're reading --often things that would not otherwise come to my attention.

Mar 9, 9:19am Top

Happy Friday, everyone! Today is the last of my seven days off from work, before I start of stretch of working 12 out of 14 days. I'm much more rested than I've been at any point this year, though, and with the rapid decline of RSV and influenza (Children's only saw 34 flu positive patients throughout the system last week, compared to well over 500/week in late January to early February) our census has dropped by roughly a third as compared to the worst days we had a month or more ago. I'm sure we'll be busy this weekend, but hopefully not insanely so as we have been for most of the winter.

I finished Midwinter Break, a superb novel by the Northern Irish author Bernard MacLaverty, yesterday, and wrote a mini review of it on Goodreads, which I'll post here shortly. I've now read five of the 12 longlisted novels, so I'm on pace to complete the longlist by the end of April. The shortlist will be announced on March 20, and the winner will be revealed on April 30, so I stand a good chance of finishing all 12 books ahead of the prize ceremony. Here's my current ranking of the longlist:

1. In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's by Joseph Jebelli
2. Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
3. I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
4. The White Book by Han Kang
5. Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing

The first four books were very good, and worthy of their selection, but the fifth was a bit disappointing, although not a bad read. I'll start posting reviews, even if they are only mini reviews, over the next few days.

Edited: Mar 9, 10:10am Top

Book #13: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty


My rating:

This quietly powerful novel, which was selected for this year's Wellcome Book Prize longlist, is set in present day Amsterdam and is centered on a retired Northern Irish couple who has moved to Glasgow and is on a long holiday weekend in the Dutch capital. Gerry was a modestly successful architect, who loves the bottle at least as much as his wife Stella, a former teacher and devoutly religious woman, who struggles against her husband's alcoholism and with a secret that has inspired and possessed her for over 40 years. She is no longer happy living with Gerry, and seeks to use her remaining years to serve God and to repay Him for the dire fate that He spared her from. The author's portrayal of the two characters, and the wonderful city of Amsterdam, is evocative and touching, and I found myself sympathizing with Stella's plight, becoming angry with Gerry's insensitivity and boorishness, yet rooting for the two of them to remain together despite their shortcomings. Midwinter Break is a superb examination of the destructive effects that alcoholism can have on an individual and an otherwise happy marriage, and it certainly deserves a place on this year's so far excellent longlist.

Mar 9, 10:36am Top

>74 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I'm still hopeful of spending all of June in the Netherlands, Spain, and possibly Portugal. However, my father had an MRI of the brain performed earlier this week, which showed some potentially worrisome findings when he read the report to me yesterday, although more information will be needed before we know anything further. He'll finish a 72 hour EEG (electroencephalogram, a study designed to look for abnormal electrical activity in the brain) later today, and get a bone scan next week. In the worst case scenario I may have to cancel some if not all of my travel plans for 2018, and even consider taking a leave of absence from work. Hopefully none of this will be necessary, though, and both of my parents are otherwise in good spirits and are doing much better overall.

>75 Sakerfalcon: Thanks, Claire. I requested a week off from work during either the second or third week of May, so hopefully I'll be able to travel to London then. I will be off for the month of June, and if I decide not to travel to Europe I'll certainly be with my parents, and if that's the case I'll let you know. My parents have been insistent that I continue traveling as I have done in years past, especially yesterday, but if he receives bad news after the current and upcoming tests have been completed I'll certainly be there for them, especially during my off weeks from work. I will see them in mid April, and hopefully the diagnosis/diagnoses will become more clear by that time, if not sooner.

>76 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline. I did book 4 tickets for King Lear, knowing that Debbi & Joe wanted to see it, and figuring that one of my British friends would almost certainly want that remaining ticket. I'll keep you and the others posted when my travel plans become more clear, and certain.

>77 drneutron: Absolutely, Jim. I'll almost certainly spend 2-3 weeks with my parents in July, regardless of what happens to them, and since I've never visited Florida the chance of me being there that month is less than zero. A visit to Atlanta would be nice, but a meet up in New Orleans might be even better!

>78 laytonwoman3rd: Hi, Linda! We'll eventually meet up in Philadelphia, I'm sure, and I'm long overdue for a trip to Pittsburgh, as I haven't been back since I finished medical school in 1997.

Mar 9, 11:57am Top

>66 kidzdoc: Looks like some great travel plans this year Darryl. I hope we manage to meet up at some stage.

>81 kidzdoc: I do hope that everything turns out well with your father's tests. While my mother's health is very good for her age, I am concerned about her at the moment. Her younger sister, who is her main source of companionship, has been struggling with dementia for a little while, and it has know been decided that she will move into a residential home within weeks. That will be near her daughter's home , which is a long way from where my mother lives, so they will see each other only rarely. I do have concerns about how my mother will cope with this.

>79 kidzdoc: Midwinter Break sounds very good and I also want to get around to Pursuit of Memory at some stage.

Mar 10, 1:28am Top

>79 kidzdoc: glad to hear you have had the chance to get a (well-deserved) rest! It is so easy to live out a packed schedule, we forget to schedule in down time!
Your travel plans sound amazing! You will have a great time, I am sure.

Mar 10, 1:52pm Top

>81 kidzdoc: I hope that your fathers EEG and bonescan don't reveal very worrysome problems, Darryl.

Mar 10, 3:36pm Top

What Anita said, Darryl. And I'm glad you have some great traveling coming up.

Mar 11, 6:15pm Top

I'm posting this here to amuse over a debate on your thread last year, or the year before Darryl:


Mar 11, 6:45pm Top

Hi Darryl, I am sorry to hear about your father's health issues, and will be sending positive thoughts his way. It is always a pleasure to read about your parents and about your close relationship with them.

And I hope you get to see Lear in London! It's my favorite play.

Mar 12, 9:53am Top

Sorry to hear about your father's health worries. I'll keep my fingers crossed that his test results are good. It is hard to accept that our parents are no longer the figures of strength they once were.

Edited: Mar 12, 10:02am Top

Hope that the results of your dad's tests are good Darryl.

Mar 12, 11:02am Top

In case you haven't seen it yet Darryl:

The Man Booker International Prize Long List for 2018

The 13 books on this year's longlist are:

*The 7th Function of Language by Lauren Binet (France) translated by Sam Taylor
*The Impostor by Javier Cercas (Spain) translated by Frank Wynne
*Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes (France) translated by Frank Wynne
*Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany) translated by Susan Bernofsky
*The White Book by Han Kang (South Korea) translated byDeborah Smith
*Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (Argentina) translated by Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff
*The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai (Hungary) translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes
*Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz (Spain) translated by Camilo A. Ramirez
*The Flying Mountain by Christoph Ransmayr (Austria) translated by Simon Pare
*Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq) translated by Jonathan Wright
*Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) translated by Jennifer Croft
*The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan) translated by Darryl Sterk
*The Dinner Guest by Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), translated by Natasha Wimmer

I have to own I've read None of these, and read something only by two nominees: László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), and Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany)

Shortlist announced 12 April, and winner announced 22 May.

Mar 14, 7:32am Top

>82 SandDune: I hope that we can meet up at least once this year, Rhian. Although my parents' health remains uncertain, I'm now more hopeful that I'll be able to travel as I usually do than I was at the beginning of the year. When I talked to them this weekend they both insisted that I travel for pleasure as much as I could, especially given the time I've spent with them over the past 6-9 months and my busy winter schedule. They seemed to be more concerned about me than I was concerned about them!

I'm sorry to hear about your mother, and her sister. I hope that your mother is able to cope with her sister's upcoming move into a residential facility reasonably well, and that they can visit each other often.

In Pursuit of Memory and Midwinter Break are well worth reading. I've now read 5 of the 12 books on this year's Wellcome Book Prize longlist, and as usual it is another great year for this prize so far. Hmm...when is the shortlist release date? Checking...20 March. I'm still on track to finish the longlist by 30 April, when the winner will be announced. I'm sorry that I won't be in London next month to attend the Wellcome Book Prize Brunch, as I did last year.

>83 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks, Megan. You're absolutely right in your comment about scheduling down time in the middle of a packed schedule. I did take a week of vacation in November, to attend the EFG London Jazz Festival, but I didn't think to take a, um, midwinter break in January or February to provide a respite from Winter Madness. I'll be sure to do that next winter, if I decide to work the concentrated winter schedule (November through February) again.

>84 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I haven't received any new information about my father's EEG and bone scan, but I'll hopefully have time to talk with him by phone tonight.

Mar 14, 7:44am Top

>85 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I'm looking forward to my upcoming long weekend in San Francisco, and once my group's May schedule is published I should be able to make definitive plans for that month and June.

>86 Caroline_McElwee: Cute! I still think that the jam should be on top of the cream.

>87 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. It saddens me to hear about nuclear families that aren't close, especially children that have bad relationships with their parents. Although I appreciate compliments about what I'm doing for my parents I would counter by saying that I don't think I'm doing enough, and whatever it is that I am doing is my responsibility toward them for caring and supporting me over the years, and is nothing out of the ordinary. On the other hand I do think my parents' neighbors have gone beyond the call of duty in their support of them over the past year or so, and I gently reminded my father to thank them for what they are doing, as I did when I talked with their neighbor Bob last week.

Edited: Mar 14, 7:53am Top

>88 Sakerfalcon: Thanks, Claire. My father was in good spirits when we spoke last week, and hopefully that was how he truly felt and wasn't a façade to make me think that all was well. He's upfront and honest with me, though, and it's easy to tell when he is worried or depressed.

>89 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline.

>90 Caroline_McElwee: I did see the MBIP longlist shortly after it was announced on Monday, as I receive Twitter alerts from the Man Booker Prize on my mobile phone. I was on hospital rounds at the time, so I had no time to post anything here or on Facebook until later that day.

I created a thread for this year's MBIP longlist in the Booker Prize group an hour ago. Here's the longlist again, with hyperlinks. The following format lists the author, her or his country of origin, the translator, the title of the novel, and the UK publisher:

• Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)

• Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)

• Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)

• Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)

• Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)

• Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)

• László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)

• Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)

• Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)

• Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)

• Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

• Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)

• Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

The shortlist will be announced on 12 April, and the winning novel on 22 May.

Go, Went, Gone is my favorite book of 2018 so far. I read and enjoyed The White Book last year, and I'm halfway through The Impostor. I enjoyed reading MBIP longlisted books in 2016 and 2017, so I'll read as many of this year's International Booker Dozen as I can during the next few months.

It's nearly 8 am, so I need to start seeing patients. I'll check back in this weekend.

Mar 14, 7:09pm Top

Great list Darryl. I liked The 7th Function of Language and have Frankenstein in Baghdad in the tottering library pile. Look forward to hearing what you make of the list. I don't think I've ever read anything from Taiwan, so will look out for that one.

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