Joe's Book Cafe 14
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Books Read in 2019
1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (re-read on audio)
2. Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
3. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
5. One Hundred Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth
6. Happiness by Aminatta Forna
7. Milkman by Anna Burns
8. Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
9. The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
10. Nerve by Dick Francis
11. Killer Collective by Barry Eisler
12. Little Oceans by Tony Hoagland
13. Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan
14. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
15. The Promise by Chaim Potok
16. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
17. Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson
18. Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
19. Forfeit by Dick Francis
20. One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
21. Last Friends by Jane Gardam
22. Educated by Tara Westover
23. The Madness Vaseby Andrea Gibson
24. The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri
22. Amelia Cole Omnibus by D.J. Kirkbride*
23. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
24. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
25. The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
26. Battle Angel Alita by Yukiko Kishiro*
27. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
28. Decider by Dick Francis (re-read)
29. Bryant & May Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler
30. Darker Than Amber by John D. MacDonald
31. One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald
32. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
33. A Gentlewoman’s Guide To Murder by Victoria Hamilton
34. Recent Changes in the Vernacular by Tony Hoagland
35. Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
36. Wolf Pack A Joe Pickett Novel by C.J. Box
37. Murder in Just Cause by Anne Cleeland
38. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
39. Trial Run by Dick Francis
40. When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz
41. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
42. How Long Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin
43. Tap Out by Edward Kunz
44. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
45. Passing for Human by Jody Scott*
46. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
47. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
48. Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed
49. Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life by Maria Hesse*
50. The Initiates by Etienne Davodeau
51. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
52. Number9Dream by David Mitchell
53. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
54. An Elegant Defense by Matt Richdel
55. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
56. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer
57. The Rosie Result by Graeme Simision
58. The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
59. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
60. Sharks in the Rivers by Ada Limon
61. Sync by K.P. Kyle
62. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
63. Reflex by Dick Francis
64. Museum of Mistakes by Julia Wertz*
65. Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli
66. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
67. With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
68. Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
69. Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald
70. Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
71. Drive Here and Devastate Me by Megan Falley
72. Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz
73. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker BradleHow
74. How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry
75. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
76. The Heavens by Sandra Newman
77. The Long Take by Robin Robertson
78. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
79. The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
80. Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve Ewing
81. How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco
82. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
83. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
84. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
85. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Blythell
86. Rat Race by Dick Francis
87. Malice A Mystery by Keigo Higashino
88. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
89. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
90. Time of Death by J.D. Robb
91. A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
92. The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
93. False Colours by Georgette Heyer
94. X-23 The Complete Collection Volume 2 by Marjorie M. Liu*
95. Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey
96. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
97. Jazz by Toni Morison
98. For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
99. Bones of the Earth by Eliot Pattison
100. Recursion by Blake Crouch
101. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
102. Lanny by Max Porter
103. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis*
104. The Reprieve by Jean-Pierre Gibrat*
105. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
106. Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord
107. The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera
108. Eternity Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith
109. The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen
110. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
111. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
112. Book of Hours by Kevin Young
113. Dream of My Return by Horacio Castellanos Moya
114. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
115. The Long Lavender Look by John D. Macdonald
116. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
1. Jane Austen's Emma by Nancy Butler
2. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley
3. Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak
4. On a Sunbeam by Ti llie Walden
5. Livestock by Hannah Berry
6. Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce and Edith
7. Anne of Green Gables A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden
8. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung
9. The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 4 by Nagabe
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning by Joss Whedon
11. Space Boy Vol. 1 by Stephen Macranie
12. The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 by Nagabe
13. New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 2 by Kazuo Koike
14. Book Love by Debbie Tung
15. Royal City Vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire
16. The Snooty Bookshop by Tom Gauld
17. The Day the Buddha Woke Up by Andrea Miller
18. A Bride's Story Vol. 10 by Kaoru Mori
19. Jane Austen Her Heart Did Whisper by Manuela Santoni
20. Legacy: House of Night by Daniel Krall
21. The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez
22. Stumptown by Greg Rucka (re-read)
23. Becoming Unbecoming by Una
24. Velvet Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker (re-read)
25. Mina vs. the Monsoon by Rukhsanna Guidroz
26. Woman World by Aminder Dahliwal
27. Samaris by Benoit Peeters
28. Velvet Volume 2 by Ed Brubaker (re-read)
29. Stumptown Volume 2 by Greg Rucka (re-read)
30. Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau
31. Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin
32. Captain Marvel Alien Nation by Margaret Stohl
33. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
34. Trish Trash Roller Girl of Mars by Jessica Abel
35. Weatherman by Jody LeHeup
36. Death or Glory Volume 1 by Rick Remender
37. Berlin by Jason Lutes
38. The Initiates by Etienne Davodeau
39. Is This How You See Me by Jaime Hernandez
40. Good Talk by Mira Jacob
41. Brody's Ghost by Mark Krilley
42. Out of This World: Leonora Carrington by Amanda Hall
43. X-23 The Complete Collection by David Lafuente
44. The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke (re-read)
45. Black Hammer Vol. 2 by Jeff Lemire
46. Black Hammer Vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire
47. American Gods Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman
48. Road to Riverdale Volume 1 by Fiona Staples
49. Road to Riverdale Volume 2 by Fiona Staples
50. Gideon Falls Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
51. Gideon Falls Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire
52. Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clatan
53. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley
54. What a Wonderful World by Inio Asano
55. Black Hammer Volume 3 by Jeff Lemire
56. The Dark Tower: Gunslinger by Stephen King
57. Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life by Maria Hesse
58. Witchblade Volume 1 by Caitlyn Kittredge
59. New Kid by Jerry Craft
60. Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman
61. Stumptown Vol. 3 by Greg Rucka (re-read)
62. Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries
63. Thor: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aron
64. All New Hawkeye by Jeff Lemire
65. Isola by Brendan Fletcher
66. Archie by Mark Waid
67. The Wisdom of Wonder Woman (collected)
68. 47 Ronin by Stan Saka
69. Firefly: The Unification War by Greg Pak
70. Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 by Nagabe
71. Nancy Drew Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson
72. The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (re-read)
73, The Score by Darwyn Cooke (re-read)
74. Flight of the Raven by Jean-Pierre Gibrat
75. Sweet Tooth Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire
76. Icaro Book 2by Moebius and Taniguchi
77. Criminal: Lawless by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (re-read)
78. Joyride by Jackson Lanzing
79. The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6by Nagabe
80. Philip K. Dick NBM Comics by Laurent Queyssi
81. Stumptown Volume 4 by Greg Rucka (re-read)
82. Kill or Be Killed Volume 4 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
83. Sleeper 2 by Ed Brubaker
84. Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
85. The Magic Order by Mark Millar
86. Criminal Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Ed Brubaker
87. Bttm Fdrs by Ezra Clayton Daniels
88. Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston Flores
89. Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Riri by Brian Bendis
90. Altered Carbon Download Blues by Richard Morgan
91. Ironheart Those with Courage by Eve Ewing
92. Invincible Iron Man Ironheart Choices by Brian Bendis
93. Generation Zero We Are the Future by Fred Van Lente
Favorite Books of 2019
The Long Take by Robin Robertson
Milkman by Anna Burns
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson
Tap Out by Edgar Kunz
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
Overall favorite so far: Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Favorite Illustrated Books So Far
The Initiates by Etienne Davodeau
Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau
Berlin by Jason Lutes
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung
The Snooty Bookshop by Tom Gauld
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
Out of This World: Leonora Carrington by Amanda Hall
Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life by Maria Hesse
Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
>7 jnwelch: Merci, Monsieur Richard!
For some reason, Rafa always wins. Who can resist?
Rousseau's less iconic paintings are just as beautiful, aren't they.
OK, buddy, you deserve a prize:
Woo, that'll wake you up in the morning!
>7 jnwelch: love those Joe. And of course the photos above of grandpa and Rafa, and Indy and Becca.
Happy new one, Joe.
>7 jnwelch: - LOL! They look like they are smiling at something out there! Cool!
Joe! Hi! New thread. Like the Rousseau paintings.
"They" certainly are influential, Joe. (Referring back to your last thread.). But great responsibility is heaped upon that group, to go along with the influence.
>9 jnwelch: I suspect that's just a visual representation of the reality of coffee: Entangled, ensnared, engulfed by its addictive caffeine, I become a caffiend.
Hi Joe, I'm checking into your new thread early. Wow, those Aussie birds are real beautys! And speaking of beauty, those Rousseau paintings are indeed eye-catching!
Happy Saturday, Joe. Happy New Thread. Love those gorgeous toppers. Lovely day out here. I hope you are taking advantage of it too.
>10 Caroline_McElwee: Aren't those galahs cool, Caroline? I'd never seen one before. What a great look.
I'm glad you like the other photos, too.
>11 jessibud2: Right, Shelley? What a photo to capture. Thanks re the new thread.
>12 weird_O: Bill! Hi! Thanks - aren't those beautiful Rousseau paintings?
You're right, once you become a "they", you take on great responsibility. It's kind of an invisible cult, too - just try to find a specific member some time.
>13 richardderus: Ha! I feel tentacular after I've had a good morning brew, RD.
>14 DeltaQueen50: Hiya, Judy. Aren't those Aussie birds remarkable? I tried to find a few lesser-known Rousseau paintings; I'm glad you like them.
>15 msf59: Happy Saturday, Mark. Thanks, man. It is lovely out there. I took the long hike to the library and back, and loved every minute. The library is up near Jerry's, that craft beer place we went to near the Book Cellar.
Hope the day goes well for you; two days off are just waiting for you to show up!
I had a great time reading Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver (a pseudonym for a Michigan Supreme Court Justice); funny and folksy, with great courtroom battles between Polly (Paul - Jimmy Stewart in the film) and Dancer (George C. Scott in the film).
I loved this paragraph about Polly's sidekick Parn - Parnell McCarthy, played by Arthur O'Connell in the film:
"The old boy is really wound up", I thought as I stood in Maida's doorway silently watching him. He was holding the bottle up to the light, now, humming the "Kerry Dance", executing a few steps of a grave little dance, chuckling softly to himself. At that moment I envied the man. For Parnell McCarthy possessed that rarest and most precious of human talents, a talent so elusive that it receded only the faster before those who wooed it with more gadgets and toys: the capacity for participation and joy, the enviable ability to draw vast pleasure and enjoyment from small occasions and simple things. For all the old man's show of cynicism, he possessed the sense of wonder and the soaring innocence of a small boy flying a kite.
Such good writing on Anatomy of a Murder a book and a movie that go together so well not sure which one is the best.
Joe, from your last thread the discussion about Judi Dench reminded me of a fun documentary that I saw not too long ago, called Nothing Like A Dame. It was Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and another actress I hadn't know of before, Eileen Atkins, sitting together having tea and talking about their lives, careers and friendship over the years. It was quite a romp and fun.
If you can find it, it's well worth watching.
Happy new thread, Joe! Excellent choice of Henri Rousseau's paintings to get us started.
I haven't read Anatomy of a Murder or watched the movie based on it, but I have listened to the movie's soundtrack, which was composed by Duke Ellington and performed by his orchestra.
>17 jnwelch: I've seen the film but I don't think I ever knew it was a book first...at least, if I did, that knowledge floated away in the gallons and gallons of hooch or floated off in the dust of the kilos of coke I've ingested over the years.
Joe, I loved Anatomy Of A Murder when I read it a few years ago. The courtroom scenes were filmed just down the street from where I lived in Marquette during part of my high school years. It was still there at Baraga Avenue and Third Street when we were there last month. To clarify, it was filmed before my high school years. I'm old but not That Old! Haha.
Happy new thread, Joe.
I am not on line so much because the new place doesn't have internet yet and I'm busy sorting out places for my books!
Happy new thread, Joe! Great visuals at the beginning of the thread, the art and the photos.
>18 magicians_nephew: I was pleasantly surprised with how good the writing was in Anatomy of a Murder, Jim. Agreed, I couldn't say which is better, the movie or the book, and they work really well together.
>19 quondame: Thanks, Susan. Ha! I'm not sure how many people would think >9 jnwelch: is their cuppa. That's special delivery for our friend RD, who loves the tentacled folks.
>20 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!
>21 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda. Rousseau, birds and Rafa - who could ask for anything more?
>22 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. You know, I saw a preview somewhere of "Nothing Like a Dame" with those four, and it looked like a lot of fun. I'll try to find it, and the time. Thanks for the tip.
>23 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! I think the National Gallery has a Rousseau or two?
I remember the Duke Ellington score of Anatomy of a Murder as wonderful. The movie (what a cast!) and book are excellent, and worthy of your time.
>24 richardderus: Ha! I remember the days of your being a fixture at Studio 54, Richard. Although I don't think they were used to folks reading there the way you did.
You'd appreciate the book.
>25 Donna828: Ha! I'd be impressed with your Methuselan pizzazz if Anatomy of a Murder had been filmed during your high school years, Donna. Although these days there's a lot of that going around.
How cool to have grown up in the area where the courtroom scenes were filmed. What a lot of excitement that must've brought to that community. I remember seeing black and white photos of it.
Isn't the book great? I don't know what I expected, but it was better.
>26 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. The best news is that you're in the new place. Congratulations! Sorting out places for for books to live is one of life's great pleasures, seems to me, and I hope it feels like that for you - although your quantities are far beyond anything I've experienced. I hope the internet shows up soon for you. I remember going to internet cafes back in the day, when we couldn't get reception. Not the worst situation, but not convenient either.
>27 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! I'm glad you're enjoying the art and the photos. Rousseau's colors and that surreal atmosphere always get me.
>30 jnwelch: HA!! I wonder what our furry family would make of the way we portray them in our stories. Their own stories would really interest me to learn about.
Morning, Joe. Happy Sunday. I finished Lanny, and as expected, loved it. His writing is beautiful and I like that slightly twisted mind of his.
We are going to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in the early afternoon, so no birding for me today. That will be reserved for tomorrow. I hope this is a return for Tarantino. I have not liked his last two films.
>33 richardderus:. Happy Sunday, Richard! We’re trying to teach Becca’s dog Indy to “use her words” instead of barking or growling, but it ain’t easy.
>34 msf59:. Morning, Mark. I like Max Porter’s slightly twisted mind, too. I’m glad you had a good time with Lanny.
I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of that new Tarantino film. We didn’t even bother to go to the last one. We did think Django Unchained was pretty good.
Happy new thread, Joe!
Perfect Henri Rouseau toppers, my favorite Rafa & Joe picture, adorable Indy reading with Becca & beautiful bird picture. I love this thread already! :-)
Though Chicago's Art Institute doesn't have many Rousseaus, they are classics.
The two Rousseau paintings I know of at the Art Institute, Marianne, are the Waterfall and the Sawmill. I particularly like the first one. They have some drawings, too.
Love the new decor in the cafe, Joe. Have I missed the results of your x-rays?
>17 jnwelch: Although I haven't read it in decades or seen the movie in almost as long, this is one of the relatively few unforgettable books I've read.
Happy new thread, Joe!
>6 jnwelch: Forgot to say before, love that one.
>7 jnwelch: And yet if an Aussie calls you a great g'lah, it means you're a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
>35 jnwelch: The boys' Jasper does know a few words but he feels the need to act like an alpha male. If he's told to sit or lie down, he'll pretend he hasn't heard. Or maybe he's just the second teenager in the house, after his master.
>42 ronincats: Hi, Roni. Thanks re the new cafe decor.
And thanks for reminding me re the x-ray results! The news was good - everything normal. Hurrah! So we're talking annoying rather than dangerous. Still a bit of a mystery, but we'll see.
>43 quondame: The Anatomy of a Murder book is unforgettable, isn't it, Susan. I don't know what I was expecting, but it sure exceeded it. So many memorable characters, so much wit, such great courtroom scenes, such good writing.
>44 humouress: Thanks, Nina!
Isn't that a fun one with Becca and Indy in >6 jnwelch:? I love that one, too.
Ha! Are galahs known for being a bit slow on the uptake? A great g'lah, I have to remember that one!
Jasper sounds a bit like my Dad. He wore hearing aids, and we often suspected that he either turned them off or pretended he couldn't hear when he wasn't interested in what was being said.
>47 weird_O: *CHOMPmunchslobber*
...oh, no one else wanted that, right? It was delicious. Y'all should order one.
Hey Joe, whaddaya know? I'm glad the sleep disorderly thing is merely mysterious and annoying, not dangerous. You do NOT have permission to be excused.
Kiss Kiss wasn't good; mostly because I dislike Dahl and suspect he wrote more of himself into his story-men than permaybehaps was wise.
>49 richardderus: Actually, I did. May all those calories go to your waistline.
(And thank you for saving my waistline. Even if it was virtual.)
>50 humouress: Heh. Gotta move quick around me and pastry or there will be a few crumblings and a nice smell left.
As to my waistline, I was told *explicitly* that I was not to attempt to reduce my huggability or I would face Dire Consequences.
Yes sir! Fire me up a conveyor belt from the oiven to my cake-hole!
>46 jnwelch: Like!!
Hi, Joe. I had an active morning. Out of the house before 6, (to beat traffic) and didn't stumble in, until noon. Yes, I am a complete nut. I did meet up with Bree, so I can see her new horse. She owns this one outright. The last one, was a shared horse. She is a beauty too. I hope to spend most of the afternoon, with the books. Fingers crossed.
I did finish Recursion, during my travels today. It fell off, in the second half, for me. I wish it could have been tighter. I loved the first half though. I hope to also wrap up Monument: Poems today, as well.
Hi Joe, happy new thread mate. We had a great holiday and came back refreshed, I am going through all the threads and hundreds of posts to try and catch up on what has gone on whilst we were away. I am posting bits about our holiday and hope not to bore anyone with them and will try and post some photos when I get them off Karen.
Hope you had a good weekend mate and send love and hugs to you and Debbi from both of us dear friend.
>47 weird_O:, >48 weird_O: Outstanding, Bill! A cream puff to dream about. Let the fork battles commence!
>49 richardderus: I thought you'd be Richardy-on-the-spot for that there cream puff, my friend. Luckily I believe the kitchen foresaw that this would be mighty popular.
Yeah, all is swell on the health front. Maybe the mystery schva will disappear into the annals of the unsolved.
Sorry about Kiss Kiss; we must needs take chances in our reading, and sometimes we get disappointed, yes? The Dahl that was ok by me was James and the Giant Peach; I can't remember what else I've read by him.
>50 humouress: No doubt Richard was looking out for your better interests as he leapt upon the cream puff, Nina.
>51 richardderus: The person who insisted you not reduce your huggability is a keeper extraordinaire; nobody every says wonderful things to me like that. I like your conveyor belt idea; minimize energy expended and focus on the tasty goal.
>52 msf59: Right, Mark? That's an author appearance I'd enjoy.
I know from experience that your early rising was no doubt well worth it; you probably got to the worms well before several noteworthy birds. That sanctuary is a special place. Any Pied Plovers (did I say that right?)?
Cheers to Bree - much better to own the beauty horse all by herself.
Hope you got to spend that time with the books. I'm reading a very interesting short story collection (what?! yeah, it happens) by Ted Chiang. It's his first one, called Stories of Your Life and Others. Very inventive so far. One of them got made into the movie "Arrival", with Amy Adams, which Debbi and I liked a lot.
I thought Recursion didn't quite make it to the level of Dark Matter; maybe it was the falling-off second half that did it.
>53 johnsimpson: Good to have you back, John, and thanks re the new thread. I'm glad you had a great holiday and came back refreshed; I'll stop by to hear some of the bits about your trip. Love and hugs back to you and Karen, mate.
Happy newish thread Joe.
>1 jnwelch: Thanks for those Rousseau paintings. Lovely, and number three so surprising, moonlight colours!
>55 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella.
That third one is surprising, isn't it. Rousseau has some that are very different from the jungly photos we think of for him. That's one of my favorites.
>56 richardderus: LOL! Always thinking of others when it comes to pastries, that's our RD.
Yeah, it's a fine balance between huggability and cutting holes for arms and legs in garbage bags. Or getting sweats custom-made from sail cloth -pricey!
I was just reading a book that extols the wonders of madeleines (no, not Proust!) I wouldn't mind having some with the morning java.
Morning, Joe. Ooh, I want to read that Chiang collection. Is this from the library? I thought they said it would be cooler today but it still feels warm & muggy here. Glad you got your mitts on Hollow Kingdom.
>60 msf59: Morning, Mark. Yeah, the Chiang collection (The Story of Your Life and Others) is your cuppa, I'm sure. I bought my copy, but there's no way the library won't have it. It was a big sci-fi award winner, with lots of critical acclaim.
I'm looking forward to reading the "bonkers" Hollow Kingdom. :-)
Madeleines! Drat those jumped-up cookies. Ten thousand pages of impenetrably French prose, no matter how often or how well it's translated, is not to be endured; it requires a preternatural state of quiescent passive manic-ness and superhumanly strong wrists to absorb its sesquipedalian sentences with anything approaching comprehension, and one must not be so arrogant as to presuppose that the sentences will, like Salomé with her veils, reveal even gradually with their sensuous gyrations and elegant poses, the full burden, the entire freight of the psyche of Proust, man and boy.
Eternity: Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith, former U.S. Poet Laureate, is a nice sum-up of her career so far, with plenty from two of her best volumes, Life on Mars and Wade in the Water. Here's one of the many I liked, this one looking at the excitement of new love, the differences in how we love, and the view from a long life.
Tracy K. Smith
A white day breaks through the dusky cloud
that was last night, when you lifted me
onto the pillows and whispered marvelous things
into my thighs. I don't want to rise
from this bed or this life, your head heavy
beside mine in the low space
where everything that means something happens.
That first night, there was tinny music
coming from the kitchen, and men
masquerading as monks. You appeared
in the dark, two red horns among
ink-colored curls. We shared a cup of rum.
Your mouth burned like a drunk's
when you touched it to mine.
You led me down the narrow streets of that city.
Stone pavements. Iron gratings.
Geraniums. It was autumn.
People celebrated the return of their dead.
At the time, I did not say Please, God, let me
know nothing else ever but this. I watched
for spaces between stones where I might trip.
White light bears down on the wordless sky.
I dreamt again of my mother.
I sat beside her, trying to forget the years of grief,
trying to understand the puzzle of life in her body.
I speak another language, I told her. I love.
She watched without speaking, as if to say
Think of where I have been, what I've seen.
>62 richardderus: Ha! Nicely said, RD.
I suggest just eating the cookies instead. :-)
World's shortest Waterfall is incredible in so many ways and the Sawmill is a longtime favorite.
Drawings are intriguing - notably The Oak Branch - I've never seen an Oak like that,
even having been nearly born (grandpa rushed mom into Chicago hospital while dad stationed in Pacific)
in Oak Park and raised there for 13 years.
Today's Atlas Obscura has a truly great article: Republishing Maya!
Your Grandfather is admirably mentioned in Jacob Appel's SURRENDERING APPOMATTOX.
>65 m.belljackson:. Hi, Marianne. That was an interesting article on Republishing Mayan. The Spanish conquistadores burning Mayan libraries - so sad. Like losing the Library of Alexandria to fire, probably thanks to Julius Caesar.
My dad’s father keeps being remembered, which we all love. Usually it’s very positive, and I’m glad Surrendering Appomatox is one of those. The Ann Coulters of the world view him differently, but hers is a very much minority (thank goodness!) point of view.
>66 jnwelch:. Ha! Mine, too, Anne. How she’s put together a career based on nastiness is beyond me.
Do you keep shelves of books mentioning Joseph Welch?!
This was the first one I've seen in a fiction book.
>69 m.belljackson:. I don’t think anyone in the family does that, Marianne, although it’s an intriguing idea - maybe made more possible with the searchable Google Books?
We do have a shelf of books about the Army-McCarthy hearings and his role in them.
A reference in fiction is more unusual, that’s for sure. Lots of NF.
>71 jnwelch: Cute!
Morning, Joe. Nice day out here. I hope the humidity stays at bay. Short work week for me. If you remember, this is the weekend, we are going to Pittsburgh to see the Cubs game. We will be back on Sunday. Looking forward to it.
>72 drneutron: Right, Jim? In the photo toward the beginning of this thread, I believe Becca is playing the part of Hobbes, while Indy portrays Calvin.
>73 msf59: We'll make a reader out of Calvin yet, Mark.
'Tis a nice one out there. Chicago's the one place I've been that has that weird combo of temps in the 70s, but still highly humid.
I remember you're heading to Pittsburgh for the Cubs-Pirates game. I know you'll have a great time. Can't wait to hear what you think of PNC Park.
We're heading to Cape Cod for a few days this Friday, to visit with Debbi's aunt and cousins. Should be fun. I haven't been to the Cape since I was a youngster - my father used to drive us over from Michigan to spend a couple of weeks there every summer.
>71 jnwelch: Ha!! I do love Bill Watterson.
It's in the 70s here, but with about 587% humidity, today. I do so wish we could have two weeks of summer-in-the-80s, six weeks of winter-in-the-20s, and the rest of the year 65-72.
>71 jnwelch: hehehe.
Sadly Joe, I have to report we won't be seeing the actress originally cast for The Secret River as she passed away while working at the Edinburgh Festival.
>75 richardderus: Go Bill! That's a lot of humidity, Richard! I don't remember that happening when I was in NYC, but maybe my memory is faulty, or other parts of NY are different. I noticed it here early on.
>76 Caroline_McElwee: Oh, what a shame, Caroline. I don't know anything about her as an actor; had you seen her perform before?
>79 foggidawn: Ha! Irresistible, isn't it, foggi. I think we're going to need forks for this one.
Happy new threat. Belated happy anniversary.
>7 jnwelch: Way cool.
>17 jnwelch: I loved Anatomy of a Murder. Read it in March of 2016.
>45 jnwelch: Annoying is better than serious. Glad to hear it. Except, of course it would be better without it at all.
>71 jnwelch: I do love C&H.
Have fun at the Cape this weekend.
>78 jnwelch:. Oh. My. God. I want two or three of those. Right now. Serve 'em up, Mr. Cafe Proprietor.
Oh yes. The magic "p" word. PLEASE.
Morning, Joe. Sweet Thursday. Very nice day out here. Hooray for going to Cape Cod. Enjoy. I have never been but it is on my very crowded list.
>81 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. 36 years, baby, and working on 37. :-)
Aren't those galahs way cool?
I'm glad you loved Anatomy of a Murder, too. It surprised me how good it was.
Yeah, and we'll see - the annoying isn't so bad if it just shows up once in a great while.
Go C & H! We're packing for the Cape right now (well, I'm on LT right now, but still . . .) This should be fun - this is the aunt (Ruth Bass) we've been visiting every fall because we like her so much, and others in the family we really enjoy seeing will be there. Plus, of course, the Cape.
>82 weird_O: Right, Bill? Pecan rolls from heaven, even better than manna. In the Addams Family, the magic word is "NOW!", but PLEASE works, too. :-)
>83 Caroline_McElwee: Sweet Thursday, Mark. Thanks - it's beautiful on Cape Cod. I haven't been in the ocean in a good while.
Our old photo album from the 1950s still shows black and white pictures from our one visit to Cape Cod.
What a wonderful place for kids to explore - huge rocks! beaches that change every day! tides! birds! tide pools! sand! sun! clouds!
>85 jnwelch: We've sure got b & w photos of our Cape Cod visits from when I was a kid, Marianne. We went to Wellfleet back then. This time it'll be Dennis, MA, which will be new to me.
Yes, some kids will have gone by the time we get there, but a little girl we love will still be around. In addition to all the greatness you mention, I've always loved to swim, so that was a big part for me as a kid - and body-surfing the waves at Coastguard beach, and washing off the salt in Gull Pond. I think we may well have some adults exploring there this time, too. :-)
>85 jnwelch: Oh YEAH bud, that is exactly what I'm talkin about. Me too, me too!
My last Thingaversary treebooks came today. Silly to get so excited about it, I guess, given the number of books I've already got.
Be well, live hearty, eat blueberries while ye may.
>88 richardderus: Pecan rolls for everyone in the cafe, on the house! I love spending virtual money.
Congrats on the arrival of your last Thingaversary book, Richard. I saw the title over on your thread a while ago; not one I'm familiar with.
All is well, and Madame MBH is making sure blueberries come my way, even though they're not my favorite (strawberry/raspberry/blackberry all suit me better, but apparently don't give the same health kick).
>89 jessibud2: It's well worth rowing your bucket on the cape, Shelley. Beautiful there it is, said Yoda.
Our daughter read Thunderstruck and liked it (she's read all of his, I'm pretty sure). I didn't know Wellfleet was mentioned. Small town that we liked a lot.
>90 m.belljackson: I rode sharks in the Water Rodeo for years, Marianne, so I'm all set. It's hard to keep a saddle on them, but worth it.
I grew up in Michigan, home of Paul Bunyan and other tall tales.
I may be mistaken about Wellfleet being mentioned in Larson's book. I thought it was but I don't own a copy at the moment so can't check. It's been quite a few years since I read it. I have also read most of his works and loved them.
Not sure if I"ll make it to the Cape but it's pretty high on the bucket list.
>92 jessibud2: Your memory is sharp, Shelley. I searched Google Books, and Thunderstruck does mention Wellfleet. They don't give the page, or let you copy, but a paragraph that starts, "When he faced the opposite direction, he saw the harbor at Wellfleet" has several more references to Wellfleet in it.
>93 jnwelch: - Wow, yay me! Sometimes, I think I remember something but then it turns out not. Sort of like trying to remember dreams that don't make sense, lol. I remember something about the lighthouse there when Marconi was doing his experimental work. Thanks for playing detective, Joe! :-)
>91 jnwelch: Blueberries are amazingly healthy for something that tastes so good. I love their little purplish spnoopsh as the fresh ones give way to one's gnashers.
^I think you may have missed me up there, with my Sweet Thursday wishes, Joe. I am not even mad.
>87 jnwelch: Ahem, I’m on the Cape right now. How long are you here for?
>96 richardderus: Lovely description, RD. Debbi's aunt in western MA (the one we're visiting on the Cape, actually) grows blueberries in her back 40 - you'd love them. Talk about fresh. Critical to the enterprise is blueberry netting around and above them as they grow - the birds love that spnoopsh, too!
>97 msf59: I gotcha in my >85 jnwelch: post, Mark - I just misnumbered you as Caroline. Phew, I'm glad you didn't blow your top like you usually do. :-)
>98 NarratorLady: Ah, you lucky woman, Anne. We're flying/driving there tomorrow, coming back Tuesday.
Have fun in Cape Cod, Joe. Make sure you leave lots of food in the cafe before you go or the natives may get restless.
>100 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. The kitchen will be open 24/7 while we're gone, but we'll leave some tidbits to help folks transition.
Very happy and very belated new thread, Joe!! Oh I love Cape Cod! Happy travels!
Okay he's gone, let's crank the kitchen!
Lemon blackberry cake with lavender frosting, anyone?
Of course there is a Wellfleet in England too it fact it's where Dracula first makes landfall.
We’re safely arrived, and had a beautiful afternoon/evening at the beach. Sharks apparently are on the national news, but it’s fine where we are.
A little celebratory night-capper since we know Fearless Leader is safe and sound.
A seven-layer custard-and-ghee soaked cake delight from Goa called "bebinca."
Safe travels, Joe. (And come back soon; Richard has taken over the kitchen and I'm piling on the calories!)
*whew* Sorry it's a bit late, y'all, but the rosace a l'orange was taking for.ev.er. to set!
I made one in a bowl, for the domed shape that's traditional in Provence, which one's prettier?
Thanks for all the good wishes! And the vittles look toothsome.
A favorite sci-fi book of mine, City by Clifford Simak is a bargain today on e-readers - $1.99.
Madame MBH and our son think of it as “the book with the ants”, but it’s actually “ the book with the dogs”, sez me. Very intelligent and thoughtful dogs try to figure out humans and historical rumors about them.
>116 jnwelch: Oh, I love that old book. I'm glad that people are still talking about it.
We had a whale beaching this morning, a half block from me. I watched them bury the poor thing. Second one since I've lived here, and that's only four and a half years.
>89 jessibud2: >91 jnwelch: Wellfleet was where Marconi built the first radio transmitter in America. It figured in Thunderstruck because the advent of wireless radio thwarted the villainous villains' escape from England to America. Marconi's experiments and achievement are well covered in the book.
>106 richardderus: I’d love a piece of that cake, RD!
>112 richardderus: …. Pass. I’m not that adventuresome, alas.
>114 richardderus: *whimper* My grandmother used to make candied orange peel, which this reminds me of. She was a tea-totaller, though, so no Grand Marnier. And I prefer >115 richardderus: visually.
>116 jnwelch: Welcome back.
>122 humouress: It's a bit obvious, though, so it can't *just* be that or no research grants would be forthcoming.
>123 karenmarie: Custard-soaked cake is adventuresome? But the rosace a l'orange, now, that's a toothsome looking thing isn't it?
It's Sunday so a real Sunday brunch treat's in order! Cafe patrons, please try the fried chicken thighs with buttermilk waffles served with peach-jam sauce. The coating contains pecans...it's supposed to be this color, it isn't burnt!
Joe, my friend, I am finally dedication some time to LT. I'm also finally reading The Initiates which I bought last month at your suggestion. I am quite enjoying it so far!! It helps that I like wine so much. :-)
I see that you are in (on?) Cape Cod. I was just texting with a friend this morning and we talked about a return trip to the Cape and/or the Adirondacks. The friend and her partner live in update NY and getting together across the miles is difficult. I hope you're having a wonderful time -- and that no shark encounters occur!
Oh, I’m so glad you’re enjoying The Initiates, Ellen! Isn’t it great? I loaned Mark my copy.
Great to hear the enthusiasm for City and Way Station, Jim and Judy. I loved the latter, too.
I finished the different and well done Dream of My Return by Horacio Castellanos Moya, a Favorite author of Darryl’s. He wants to return to San Salvador as the war winds down, but is that a good idea? Now I’m nearing the end of The Long Lavender Look, one of the better Travis McGee mysteries.
Our cousin Amy convinced me to pick up The Incendiaries, so that’ll be my next hard copy book, and on Kindle I’m finishing up Stories of Your Life and Others, with Georgette Heyer’s The Foundling in the wings.
It looks like the food here is better than ever (thank you Richard!). We continue to have a lovely, shark-free time with part of the family we don’t get to see half often enough.
We’re heading into our last day here, and then we fly back on Tuesday.
>127 EBT1002: I’m hijacking Joe’s thread to say ‘Hi Ellen!’ because I’m so far behind that I’ve completely lost your thread. After all, a café is where you meet people.
>124 richardderus: Alas, a bad pecan ruined pecan coatings for me. I find it hard to trust, that 30+yr old rancid bite still haunts. But our favorite local fried chicken place has started offering weekend brunch waffles & chicken.
Morning, Joe. It sounds like you are also having a fine time in Cape Cod. Enjoy your last day. We had a terrific time in PA, but wish we could have stayed an extra couple of days. It was a bit of a whirlwind.
>131 msf59:. Hiya, Mark. What a great photo!
Yup, last day in paradise. So relaxing here!
>124 richardderus: - The Wayne loves chicken and waffles, and I always like to have a bite of his. The best we ever had was at Red Rooster, MArcus Samuelson's restaurant in Harlem, where the *perfect* fried chicken was atop a gingerbread waffle. I just checked the website, and it seems to be different now, which makes me sad.
Hi Joe! Glad you are enjoying the Cape. It's one of my favorite places. My aunt and uncle's house is in Harwichport, so not far from Dennis. Such a beautiful area.
Too hot and sticky for me in the kitchen today. Here's us a big salad with cold shrimps on.
After all, the Proprietor won't be back to neglecting us until tomorrow.
>130 quondame: Oh dear! That's awful, Susan, so sorry for your loss...and not having the gorgeous, silky, buttery richness of pecans in one's diet is a loss indeed.
>133 katiekrug: His version of fried chicken is damn near perfect, I agree, though I've never had it with a gingerbread waffle and now I *must*have*this* darn it.
>134 richardderus: Fortunately it isn't pecans, or worse still pralines, that invoke the memory, but nut based crusts. Pecan pie is a very occasional but much loved indulgence.
Since it is to hot to cook and we seem to have a Provençal theme going here does the cafe have a nice Salad Nicoise somewhere? With a nice glass of cool rose?
>129 humouress: Hi Rachel! I'm happy to share a cuppa with you here in Joe's delightful café. :-)
Man, I need to come by this cafe more often. It’s outstanding!
Chef Richard deserves his own cooking show.
>139 richardderus: The fill-in proprietor is doing an admirable job of keeping us healthy ... after loading us with sugar during his first shift😏😉
>141 NarratorLady: HEALTHY?! Oh how awful, Anne! I must fix that!
The dark-chocolate-chipotle is a favorite of mine.
Mmm. Dark chocolate chipotle? I'm in!
We're back safely, if late due to storms in Chicago. A grand time on Cape Cod was had by all.
I finished The Incendiaries. Has anyone read this one? I wasn't wowed, but it is well-written and interesting.
Welcome home, Joe. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time in Cape Cod and you definitely convinced me to add this place to my mighty Bucket List! It looks gorgeous and those sunsets! OMG!
I haven't been on LT much today, due to birding in the morning and book devotion in the afternoon. I now need to do a lightning round of Marky-Mark Mini-Reviews. They are really backing up.
Did you take a break from Hollow Kingdom or did you finish it?
>145 msf59:. I focused on The Incendiaries, Mark, so I need to get back to Hollow Kingdom. It’ll be a while before I finish it, but I’m enjoying it and should make some good progress tomorrow. I’ve got it on Kindle, and I didn’t want to take it to the beach, so the paperback Incendiaries got more reading time.
Cape Cod was terrific - they had another spectacular sunset tonight that Amy posted on FB. I’ll try to get some photos up in the next couple of days.
>146 katiekrug:. Thanks, Katie. She can write, can’t she. I wanted to like it more.
Oh, the salads on offer this week are quite tempting. The hideous humidiosity is visiting mizry on me, so cool food is appealing.
>152 msf59: Pretty nice out for August in Chi-town, right, Mark? The rain was done by the time we arrived yesterday.
Thanks for the tip on American Sunrise. I'll track it down. I didn't take Kevin Young's Book of Hours with us, but I'll be returning to it. Then I have a Jericho Brown collection lined up.
>153 richardderus: :-) I'm a pushover for raspberries, RD. We used to be able to pick them and blackberries wild by my folks' house. So good!
>154 laytonwoman3rd: Our son, his bride and the mighty Rafa are probably experiencing that same hideous humidiosity, Linda - my sympathy. I hope it gets better soon. We'll keep the cool food on offer.
>151 jnwelch: Ooh, just in time for cake! Lovely.
Hope the books are treating you well, Joe. I've not read any of the ones you mention as reading so am trying to avoid adding a stack to my tbr as I head off!
Geez, I blink and you've got a million posts here. OK, not a million but a lot. I saw some of Rousseau's 'darker' paintings at an exhibition out here a couple years ago and in person they pack quite an impact. They all seem twisty tho.
A couple years ago when the film "Arrival" came out I was eager to see it. My daughter saw it with me and I started to get an itch as I was watching and as it neared the end I started saying I know this story, I know this story. As soon as we were home I went digging through my library until I pulled out Ted Chiang's story and said AHA I KNEW IT. Ted is not a prolific author but I've liked his stuff all along. I have it out for a read again. I hope you were impressed.
>156 charl08: Hi, Charlotte. I'm glad you made it for cake time. :-) Thanks for stopping by.
The books are treating me really well. I've been taking some flyers lately - The Incendiaries didn't turn out to be quite as good as I'd hoped, but Hollow Kingdom (recommendation from Mark) is making up for that, as did Moya's Dream of My Return. I really liked Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and The Long Lavender Look was a particularly good Travis McGee mystery. Mark gave me a copy of Jane Harper's The Lost Man, so I'll probably try that next, along with a Jericho Brown poetry collection.
We couldn't resist adding to our tbr at a very good Cape Cod bookstore (Brewster). But I'm still doing pretty darn well this year at reading down my tbr shelves. Good luck with yours!
>157 RBeffa: Hiya, Ron. Many of those million or so, i.e. lots of posts are due to the most excellent Chef Richard, who kept the delectables coming whilst I was gone.
I am impressed by your being at the movie "Arrival" and realizing you'd come across the story before - from Ted Chiang as it turns out. I'm impressed with him, too. If I've got it right, he's some kind of tech writer in the software industry who writes award-winning stories "on the side". His newish Exhalation collection is in my soonish future; our son loved it.
Arrival is a topnotch sci-fi movie, isn't it. Madame MBH and I still talk about it. Kudos to the movie writers - they took the story further in some ways, and did quite a good job of it.
>158 jnwelch: Yes, Arrival is one of the best science fiction films of recent years. It makes you think in a good way. I have encountered Chiang's stories here and there over many years, usually in one of the scifi year's best collections. When I read the 1990 collection by Dozois in 2011, Chiang's story 'Tower of Babylon' really grabbed me (it may have been his first). I then sought out other stories by him in various collections and somewhere in there I read Stories of Your Life. It would be a rare feat to remember a short story from 1998 now, but my reading of it happened to be much more recent. I'm very impressed by him.
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