Saturday, January 31, 2009
36 years old today, in sedate (no beer) but cheerful style. Some of the traditions (long walk and photography on the birthday morning, heavy drinking) go out the window by necessity this year, but it's good to be here.
#7 -- "Stories I Stole" by Wendell Steavenson
#8 -- "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" by John le Carre
#9 -- "Washington Babylon" by Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein
#10 -- "Away Games" by Laura Sullivan
#11 -- "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
So many books, not a lot to say. "100 Years" is beautiful, of course, but you don't need me to tell you that. "Stories I Stole" is a collection of pieces written while the author was living in Georgia (Shevardnadze's Georgia, not this one) and while it's occasionally wildly overwritten it's also pretty interesting. I didn't enjoy "Spy" as much as the last le Carre that I read -- tightly plotted and well-developed, just really, really depressing. "Washington Babylon" is snide fun for a while but after some time it's just like having someone lecture you long after they've made their point. And "Away Games" is one of my dream road trips -- journeying around Europe to follow hockey during the lockout season. Thanks Tapeleg for that last one.