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Dorothy Stafford, beloved member of Portland’s literary community, passed away earlier this month. A lovely article about her life can be accessed via The Oregonian. Our Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, has these words to add:
This is a terrible loss. Sad, terribly sad, but each wave of sorrow I experience is followed by a wave of gratitude. I’m grateful that I got to know Dorothy, grateful to have been her friend. Grateful for every minute I spent in her remarkable company.
There is a memorial service for Dorothy Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm. All are invited to the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College to celebrate her life.
Our friends at Tavern Books are hosting Pint Club: a party, reading, and fundraiser at Disjecta on Saturday, July 27th. The event starts at 5pm and includes music by Laura Gibson, food, drinks, and a slew of talented poets reading their work. Check out their Facebook page for further event details
Although I don’t have summers off, my day-job’s office tends to slow during those months, and I often find myself allowed to leave early a few days a week. Coming home at 2:30 on a summer afternoon, changing into shorts and a tee shirt, and spending several hours reading alone on the deck is what I look forward to throughout the gray winter months. God forbid I have too much unstructured leisure time, however. Therefore, I always have a summer reading list (I’m the ultimate task-master list-maker). Like any good 10th grader, my summer reading list is comprised of classic-classics, contemporary classics, and current best sellers. Often these lists are thematically-based (again, I’m tightly wound), and thus a good portion of my spring is spent figuring out the books I want to read and in what order I should attack them.
This summer, I will be reading:
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Divergent series, Veronica Roth
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
Contemporary Italian Women Poets, a Bilingual Anthology, ed. Lara Trubowitz
The Lone Pilgrim, Laurie Colwin
History, Elsa Morante
How Should a Person Be?, Sheila Heti
The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker, Janet Groth
Just Kids, Patti Smith
A couple Agatha Christie books (titles TBD, but will be pulled from the dozen or so sitting in our beach house’s moldy-smelling bookcase and read between naps and games of gin rummy)
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
Obviously I am calling this list “L’étécriture Féminine”.
What should I add to my list? What do you love to read in the summer? How do you organize your summer reading (do you even? are you as obnoixious as me?)? I love lists, so send me yours!
Today’s edition of “What Grovers are Reading” has us chatting with Clare, from Team Fiction.
I’m currently about 1/5 into the final book in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I started reading this series last June on my four day drive to Portland from Texas, and only started reading after much nagging from my partner; I’m glad I listened.
The journey Roland takes, encountering people from our world (and other worlds) and shaping them by the pure power of his resolve, has me enthralled. The characters, the imagery, the imagination of connected universes balancing on beams that are threatened by an evil, bleeding king: this seven book epic has influenced me from my art, to my interactions with people. Rolands’ world is unlike any I’ve encountered, including Westeros and Middle Earth, because it behaves irrationally. As they say, the world has moved on. The series has been fun, entertaining, compelling, but not yet brought me to tears (I fear it will happen soon).
I’m excited to finish the book but simultaneously disappointed because then it will have concluded, for better or worse.
Have you, like Clare, had a series’ whose conclusion you’ve both longed and dreaded to reach? Did you remedy the problem of finishing a series by immediately starting back at book one?
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Our trusty Art Editor, Sarah, reveals what she’s been reading lately:
What I’ve been reading (does it even matter because I’m art editor? Do I even read? Who even knows.):
I’ve been working through the Richard Brautigan collection that has In Watermelon Sugar and Trout Fishing in America. I say working through, but it isn’t really work at all; reading these has been the most delightful kind of non-work there is. If you sometimes feel downtrodden and blase, perhaps just in general cranky and reluctant, you obviously need to start reading more Brautigan. Here are some reasons why:
“One morning in August I went over to his house. He was still in bed. He looked up at me from underneath a tattered revolution of blankets. He had never slept under a sheet in his life.”
“I could tell it was her even before she was there because I heard her step on that board that she always steps on, and it pleased me and made my stomach tingle like a bell set ajar.”
“Unit 4 had a big wooden table with benches attached to it like a pair of those old Benjamin Franklin glasses, the ones with those funny square lenses. I sat down on the left lens, facing the sawtooth mountains. Like astigmatism, I made myself at home.”
And last but not least, and maybe my favorite:
“There are trout that die of old age and their white beards flow to the sea.”