#FridayReads for 11/15/13

how should a person beCarolyn Silveira (Multimedia Editor) is reading How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti.

Heti’s “novel,” narrated by a writer named Sheila, feels brave, strange, and exciting. She takes the titular question very seriously, and it reminds me of a phase I went through when I interrogated people about their life stories, mining for useful information about how lives get the shapes they get. For me, reading her book has been full of such moments of recognition, from her struggles with her creative practice to the tension and delight of her friendship with another female artist. I’m eager to get to the end and see what answers Sheila has found for us all.

well always have paris

Suhasini Yeeda (Assistant Marketing Director) is reading We’ll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury.

When you think of Ray Bradbury, the first thing that usually comes to mind is science fiction. However, Bradbury is not limited solely to this genre. In fact, in We’ll Always Have Paris, Bradbury shows us that you can find just as much mystery and magic in the every day. This collection of short stories and one poem is a great testament to the brilliant lyrical prose of one of America’s finest talents. It takes us to Mars for pineapple malts, to a golf course to explore failed marriages, and then back home to family to discover human frailty. In the story, ‘Pieta Summer’, we travel home from the circus to capture a father’s love. “On that empty sidewalk my father marched, cradling me in his arms for that great distance, impossible, for after all I was a thirteen-year-old boy weighing ninety-two pounds.” Later, when the child thanks his father, he simply replies, “For what?” I’m forever grateful for Bradbury’s ability to show us the simplicity in language and the depth in human behavior.

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Nicodemus Nicoludis (Senior Reader, Poetry) is reading Autobiography by Morrissey. 

I’ve been an enormous Moz fan since I was 15 and when I heard about his autobiography I immediately ordered a copy from England and waited, patiently biting my nails for 2 weeks. But what can I say about a man who has meant so much to me. Firstly, the writing is impeccable. The narrative is playful while being wry and informative while being coy. He moves from his grim, hard-knock Manchester childhood to the hey-day of the Smiths to his solo career and the myriad of subsequent lawsuits; dropping nuggets of wisdom for would-be musicians and artists. For me (or any Moz fan) this book is perfect. He allows you to crawl inside his head and explore his creative and personal trajectory as one of the most influential pop-figures of the last 30 years.

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