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As of 4/15/2024
Reading
  • The Stone Home (2024) by Crystal Hana Kim

  • The Three-Body Problem (2008) by Cixin Liu

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Considering
As of 3/15/2024
Reading
  • White Noise (1999) by Don DeLillo

  • The Man in the High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick

  • Grapefruit (1964) by Yoko Ono

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Considering
  • Estonian egg white cake — actually excellent, recipe here
  • "I am at the age where ___________________," from the Grapefruit questionnaire

As of 3/1/2024
Reading
  • Interpreter of Maladies (1999) by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Libra (1988) by Don DeLillo

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Considering
As of 2/1/2024
Reading
  • The Historical Novel (1955) by George Lucaks

  • Fools Crow (1986) by James Welch

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Considering
  • Blog is BACK: read a little piece on joyful winter dressing here!

  • "I cannot paint / What then I was," from "...Tintern Abbey..." by W. Wordsworth (1798)

  • The Prada FW24 womenswear show

  • New York summer!!!!!

As of 1/1/2024
Reading
  • Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused (1995) edited by Howard Goldblatt

  • A Life of One's Own (2023) by Joanna Biggs

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Considering
  • The boygenius cover of "You're Still The One" 

  • The NYT print version of the "Ghosts on the Glacier" story

  • This Pearl Jam concert poster done by Colby Printing Co.

As of 12/15/2023
Reading
  • Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962) by John Updike

  • Three Essays on the State of Economic Science (1936) by Tjalling C. Koopmans

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Considering
As of 11/27/2023
Reading
  • From From (2023) by Monica Youn

  • Rouge Street: Three Novellas (2022) by Shang Xuetao

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Considering
  • The Book Cover Review + John Gall

  • I really should watch the Brideshead Revisited series sometime

  • My Spotify Wrapped: The 1975, Samia, boygenius, Gracie Abrams, Tom Petty

  • UW's Center for Urban Horticulture

  • "Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have said, 'God must love the common people because he made so many of them,' and Dostoevsky would have said the same about ordinary moments. Jesus, Alyosha reflects, performs his first miracle for unremarkable people, so poor they could not afford wine at a wedding...The most important miracle is hidden and does not resemble a miracle at all: the Holy Spirit’s presence at each prosaic moment, allowing us to live aright. And joy, as the unascetic Zossima explains, is also the Spirit’s gift." (from Gary Morson's "The Greatest Christian Novel," which made me cry)

As of 11/15/2023
Reading
  • Marigold and Rose: A Fiction (2022) by Louise Glück

  • Northanger Abbey (1817) by Jane Austen

  • The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Considering
As of 10/15/2023
Reading
  • Demons (1872) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (2018) by Denis Johnson

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As of 9/15/2023
Reading
  • Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Hao: Stories (2021) by Ye Chun

  • Tomb Sweeping (2023) by Alexandra Chang

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Considering
  • The pile of rubble in my apartment complex's courtyard 

  • Triple Beam roasted mushroom and shallot pizza

As of 8/20/2023
Reading
  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (2021) by George Saunders

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

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Considering
  • Edgar Degas' watercolors
  • Winslow Homer's Natural Bridge - Bermuda (1901)

As of 8/10/2023
Reading
  • White Cat Black Dog (2023) by Kelly Link

  • Biting the Hand (2023) by Julia Lee

  • Tom Lake (2023) by Ann Patchett 

  • Witness (2023) by Jamel Brinkley

  • Nothing Special (2023) by Nicole Flattery

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Considering
As of 7/22/2023
Reading
  • I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home (2023) by Lorrie Moore

  • The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu (2021) by Tom Lin 

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Considering
  • The new Prada campaign

  • Zibezi's "Lost Elephant" (2023)

As of 6/30/2023
Reading
  • You Can't Stay Here Forever (2023) by Katherine Lin

  • Sing Her Down (2023) by Ivy Pochoda

  • Intimations (2020) by Zadie Smith 

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Considering
As of 6/16/2023
Reading
  • Chemistry (2017) by Weike Wang

  • Trust Exercise (2019) by Susan Choi

  • Birnam Wood (2023) by Eleanor Catton 

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Considering
As of 6/7/2023
Reading
  • Eventide (2018) by Therese Bohman 

  • Natural Beauty (2023) by Ling Ling Huang

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Considering
  • I literally can only think about the Succession finale, which I watched with my dad late late late on Sunday night. It was 90 minutes of perfect TV. The last shots of the kids were devastating and evocative — Kendall broken, Roman free, Shiv stuck as ever. I wanted so badly to believe that the kids could be together and be okay, and that Kendall's channeled delusion could save the day — for, when he flies, he really soars — but his boardroom breakdown was proof enough of his ultimate inability, that fatal hubris. In the end, Roman, sharp and offensive and unapologetic as always, says the truest and most real thing of the whole season, perhaps the whole show: "it's all fucking nothing."

As of 6/1/2023
Reading
  • Heart Sutra (2023) by Yan Lianke

  • Taipei People (1971) by Pai Hsien-yung

  • Yellowface (2023) by Rebecca Kuang

Listening
As of 5/29/2023
Reading
  • The Sorrows of Others (2023) by Ada Zhang 

  • Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson

  • Jack (2020) by Marilynne Robinson

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Considering
  • The term "Stakhanovite"
  • AD's vid on LA's architectural styles

As of 5/19/2023
Reading
  • Essays in Persuasion (1931) by John Maynard Keynes

  • The Guest (2023) by Emma Cline

  • Flux (2023) by Jinwoo Chong

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Considering
As of 5/11/2023
Reading
  • The Colony (2022) by Audrey Magee

  • Pineapple Street (2023) by Jenny Jackson

  • The Creative Act (2023) by Rick Rubin

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Considering
As of 5/1/2023
Reading
  • Wandering Souls (2023) by Cecile Pin

  • Hello Beautiful (2023) by Ann Napolitano

  • Written on Water (2023) by Eileen Chang

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Considering
As of 4/24/2023
Reading
  • Sea Change (2023) by Gina Chung

  • The Laughter (2023) by Sonora Jha

  • I Could Live Here Forever (2023) by Hanna Halperin

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Considering
As of 4/17/2023
Reading
  • Biography of X (2023) by Catherine Lacey

  • Banyan Moon (2023) by Thao Thai

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As of 3/26/2023
Reading
  • Fiona and Jane (2022) by Jean Chen Ho

  • The Paper Menagerie (2016) by Ken Liu

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As of 3/7/2023
Reading
  • Trust (2022) by Hernan Diaz

  • Sweet Days of Discipline (1991) by Fleur Jaggy

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As of 2/24/2023
Reading
  • Central Places (2023) by Delia Cai

  • The Guest Lecture (2023) by Martin Riker

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As of 2/11/2023
Reading
  • Ghost Music (2023) by An Yu

  • The Chinese Groove (2023) by Kathryn Ma

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As of 2/1/2023
Reading
  • Braised Pork (2020) by An Yu

  • Intimacies (2021) by Katie Kitamura

  • A Separation (2017) by Katie Kitamura

  • Sea of Tranquility (2022) by Emily St. John Mandel

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As of 1/17/2023
Reading
  • The School for Good Mothers (2023) by Jessamine Chan

  • Our Missing Hearts (2022) by Celeste Ng

  • Indelicacy (2020) by Amina Cain

  • Aesthetica (2022) by Allie Rowbottom

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