Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Grocery List

Books I wish I'd written (in no particular order):

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

The Lake by Yasunari Kawabata

Light in August by William Faulkner

The Last Samurai by Helen Dewitt

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


  1. Excellent list! What's Peanut eating? Nice new photo, Dr Malasarn.

  2. Hey Mr. B! Haven't seen you on your blog for a few days. Did you go on a nice vacation? This list that I dashed off is turning out to make me think a lot about my current writing. Who'd a thunk?

    And Red took that picture of me last night as we visited our old loft downtown.

    What's Peanut eating? Dental chews.

  3. I have been very ill this week, with the flu. A trip to the ER included, very exciting I assure you. I will maybe blog this weekend, if I make time. I like the idea of a list of books we wish we'd written. Perhaps I'll put my own such list in a comment here!

    I thought that was your old loft. The empty bookshelves look lonely. Say hey to Red and Peanut.

  4. I was worried it was the flu. We had someone here out for over 3 weeks, and I read that it was hitting the 29-60 age group in particular this year. If it makes you feel any better, you seem to have recovered faster than most!

    I'd love to see your list of book you wish you'd written. Comment away!

  5. Pnin by Nabokov
    Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
    The Duel by Anton Chekhov
    To The Lighthouse by Woolf
    As I Lay Dying by Faulkner
    A Farewell To Arms by Hemingway
    The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    Moby-Dick by Melville
    The Counterfeiters by Gide

    Subject to change, of course.

    1. To The Lighthouse is a winner. Imagine if we had both written it. That would be quite the coincidence. I'm curious to read Pnin.

    2. Pnin is apparently a novel that Nabokov wrote during six months of idle time while he was trying to find a publisher for Lolita. It's funny and sad and sweet. There's a chapter in the middle that's simply heartbreaking.

      I haven't read Light in August yet, though I own a copy.

      We should write a novella together. You go first.