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Michel Rabagliati: Rose à l'île (Paperback, Français language, 2023, La Pastèque) 5 stars

À l’été 2017, Rose et son père louent un chalet à l’île Verte, dans le …

Rose à l'île

5 stars

1) "J'ai loué un petit chalet avec ma fille pour quelques jours, loin de la ville. En fait, c'est elle qui l'a trouvé sur Internet. Une annulation de dernière minute."

2) "— J'ai pris une douche pis toute, ça fait du bien! C'est capoté, cette bécosse-là, mais ça marche bien pareil! C'est quoi, la toune que tu jouais? — Mazurka des planètes. — C'est beau, ça fitte avec ici, je trouve. — Oui, c'est très marin. — J'ai faim, je fais ma spécialité: grilled-cheese-cretons, t'en veux? — Pour sûr!"

3) "Quelques semaines après les obsèques, je suis allé chercher des trucs qu'il désirait nous laisser, à ma sœur et à moi. Ça tenait dans deux sacs IGA. Il ne nous a pas laissé d'argent, il n'en avait pas, ce qui n'était pas vraiment une surprise. Dans le premier sac, il y avait des enveloppes avec des photos de ma …

Carol Strickland: The annotated Mona Lisa (1992, Andrews and McMeel) 3 stars


3 stars

1) "Art was born around 25,000 years ago, when the subhuman Neanderthal evolved into our human ancestor, Cro-Magnon man. With greater intelligence came imagination and the ability to create images in both painting and sculpture." [yeesh.]

2) "For Western civilization the nineteenth century was an age of upheaval. The church lost its grip, monarchies toppled, and new democracies suffered growing pains. In short, tradition lost its luster and the future was up for grabs. Unfamiliar forces like industrialization and urbanization made cities bulge with masses of dissatisfied poor. The fast pace of scientific progress and the ills of unrestrained capitalism caused more confusion."

3) "American midwestern architect Louis Sullivan's credo of 'form follows function' became the rallying cry of the day. The new designs were to express a building's commercial purpose, without any overlay of historical ornament. It was somehow fitting that the first new school of architecture to emerge …

Ken Williams: Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings (2020, 4 stars

Winning as Poison

4 stars

1) "I have three great loves in life: Roberta, computers and boats. That said, this is not a book about any of those things, although the first two of those are important to the story."

2) "If you want to win in life, find something to sell, and sell it. Learn to accept and even cherish rejection. [...] The newspaper had never seen anyone like me. I was a selling machine. I loved selling, and I especially loved making money. I claimed every sales award and couldn't stop selling."

3) "Did I mention that I know how to sell? Being a starving seventeen-year-old, our first date was not particularly amazing. We went to a local Mexican restaurant and talked for hours. A couple weeks and a handful of dates later, I informed Roberta that we were to be married. She thought I was insane or joking, but that's only because …

A selection of science fiction stories about trips to the moon fill this engaging compilation, …


3 stars

1) ["Somnium," Johannes Kepler] "In the year 1608, when quarrels were raging between the brothers, Emperor Rudolph and Archduke Matthias, people were comparing precedents from Bohemian history. Caught up by the general curiosity, I applied my mind to Bohemian legends and chanced upon the story of the heroine Libussa, famous for her magic art. It happened then on a certain night that after watching the stars and moon, I stretched out on my bed and fell sound asleep."

2) [Ibid.] "Brahe, greatly delighted with the letter I gave him, began to ask me many questions which I, unfamiliar with the language, did not understand except for a few words. He therefore imposed upon his students, whom he supported in great numbers, the task of talking with me frequently: so it came about, through this generosity of Brahe and a few weeks' practice, that I spoke Danish fairly well. I was …

Carmen Maria Machado, J. Robert Lennon: Critical Hits (Paperback, 2023, Graywolf Press) 4 stars

Critical Hits

4 stars

1) [Introduction] " anthology that holds space for writers who are compulsive gamers, former gamers, parents of gamers, and game writers. Reluctant gamers and avid gamers and people who wouldn't call themselves gamers at all. This book—the first of its kind, as far as I and my coeditor can tell—has more room inside it than you'd expect. What a pleasure and a gift to be at its helm." [A bold claim!!]

2) ["This Kind of Animal," Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah] "You look at your sisters weeping, your mother dry-eyed. Empathy: 'You couldn't have been different. You are all you knew.' Suggestion: 'You could have been anything. There's so many ways to be.' Logic: 'What you are is what you are.' Inland Empire: 'Everything is nothing and nothing is everything.' To his body, as a way to speak to him, you say, 'I love you and I wish you were here.' Inland …

Samuel R. Delany: Dhalgren (2001, Vintage Books) 4 stars

Dhalgren is a 1975 science fiction novel by American writer Samuel R. Delany. It features …


3 stars

1) "to wound the autumnal city. So howled out for the world to give him a name. The in-dark answered with wind. All you know I know: careening astronauts and bank clerks glancing at the clock before lunch; actresses cowling at light-ringed mirrors and freight elevator operators grinding a thumbful of grease on a steel handle; student riots; know that dark women in bodegas shook their heads last week because in six months prices have risen outlandishly; how coffee tastes after you've held it in your mouth, cold, a whole minute. A whole minute he squatted, pebbles clutched with his left foot (the bare one), listening to his breath sound tumble down the ledges. Beyond a leafy arras, reflected moonlight flittered. He rubbed his palms against denim. Where he was, was still. Somewhere else, wind whined. The leaves winked. What had been wind was a motion in brush below. His …