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2019 Reading Log

  • The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  • Confusion by Stefan Zweig
  • Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
  • In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes
  • Speedboat by Renata Adler
  • The Selected Works of Edward Said 1966-2006 ed. Moustafa Bayoumi & Andrew Rubin
  • At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
  • The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century ed. Yunte Huang
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
  • Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergast
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Hole by José Revueltas, trans. Amanda Hopkinson & Sophie Hughes
  • The Poor Mouth (An Béal Bocht) by Flann O’Brien, trans. Patrick C. Power
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  • Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue, trans. Nathasha Wimmer
  • The Dalkey Archive by Flann O’Brien
  • Collected Poems: 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott
  • The White Album by Joan Didion
  • Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich, trans. Bela Shayevich
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • 1919 by John Dos Passos
  • Open Secrets by Alice Munro
  • The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Nightwood  by Djuna Barnes
  • Overpour by Jane Wong
  • Black No More by George S. Schuyler
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, trans. John E. Woods
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

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Searching for Havana: An Ice Cream Parlor, A Dive Bar, and Streets That Stink of Onions

It is a typically rainy night in Havana. Taka and I linger near the doorway, out of the rain, of Hotel Sevilla – one of those grand, colonial buildings that Cuba is known for – as Lori, a smartly-dressed young Cuban woman, asks the doormen to direct us to the dining room. Her friends will be performing opera songs for the dinner crowd this evening.

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We had thought that her asking would be the easiest way, her being a native speaker, a local, and much more respectable looking compared to my and Taka’s look of general haggardness. But the doormen are rude and dismissive towards her. It seems that they only reluctantly admit her to the hotel, the lobby decorated in a fashion fit for nobility; or, in this case, for foreign tourists. (more…)


So Long, Uncle Ho

hanoi lake

Hoan Kiem Lake in the center of Hanoi.

It’s certainly the strangest museum I’ve ever been to. I know beforehand that there will be a healthy portion of propaganda and I had seen the cult of personality still being pursued by the government, but I feel like I’m missing something at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Backpacks in Southern Vietnam

cairong market

Cai Rong floating market at sunrise.

Traveling from Cambodia to Vietnam by bus is like going from Three Oaks, Michigan directly to Times Square without everything between. The minibus is packed with a mix of foreigners with their legs crammed against the seats in front of them and locals. We pick up and drop off several people along the way as the bus swims through a sea of motorbikes like a shark through a school of minnows, honking the whole way.

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