A surprisingly busy summer of weddings and various travels has resulted in a slight pause in activity on this blog. Quickly, before I sneak out to the Colorado mountains for a week, I wanted to post a recent 'update' to the library.
Last Monday I attended a reading at the 92nd Street Y of Ian McEwan and Martin Amis. The evening was hosted by Salman Rushdie, who regaled the audience with stories of the good-old-days of the 1970s literary scene where the three writers first met. Amis read from Lionel Asbo (which I wasn't too keen on), and McEwan from Sweet Tooth (an interesting passage that summarized a short story by one of the novel's characters).
Afterwards, books were signed, and I was able to complete my library of signed, first editions by McEwan. Among a few other early, rare books, he graciously signed my copy of First Love, Last Rites (although grumbled a bit about how serious everyone was with their hardbacks):
The completist in me is very pleased.
See you in August!
Packed to read on vacation:
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
All That Is by James Salter
The Yiddish Polceman's Union by Michael Chabon