OK, so replacing the thermostat for the furnace/AC has turned into a huge pain, so I'm taking a break to do this. (Why does my house have to have so much old, unadaptable crap in it?)
First up is Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, who is reminding me what a combination of pure imagination and scholarly knowledge can conjure up. I'm glad I have an Oxford dictionary and a basic autodidactic knowledge of 19th & 20th century literature, philosophy, and history. After only 55 pages, I am spellbound. There are echoes of Lord Dunsany here in the fantastical entities and ideas.
Not having much background in this realm, I would welcome further suggestions (and comparisons, if any apply).
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares. I started this one last summer, got distracted, and didn't pick it up again. What I remember of it is that it was mysterious and unique. This one comes highly recommended by old friend Jay Johnson and is another in a long line of NYRB classics added to my library over the last five years.
After finding the music of Dervish oddly conducive to the reading of Borges, the next music to play as accompaniment will be Coconut Rock from Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada.
After Morel it'll most likely be time to dive into the works of Eduardo Galeano, recommended by Pauls Toutonghi (after his author appearance at the old Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop in Bay View) and pal Joe Lisberg.
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