Sunday, June 3, 2007

Reading and Anticipating

My current reading:

~Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, Patrick Rosal
~Somewhere Else, Matthew Shenoda
~Angle of Yaw, Ben Lerner
~Saints of Hysteria, Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, David Trinidad
~Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Steve Coll
~America at Night, Larry Kolb
~Sports Illustrated, which I have read every week since my grandmother got me a subscription for Christmas in 1979. That year, the "Sportsman" (as it was called then) of the Year award was shared by Terry Bradshaw and Willie Stargell. I am certain that reading SI is good for one's health, although I cannot prove it.

My "to read" list:

~Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, Maxine Hong Kingston
~Flight, Sherman Alexie
~The Assault on Reason, Al Gore
~Splay Anthem, Nathaniel Mackey

Looking forward to this:

~June 29, Sometimes Sober plays live in Modesto
~sometime this summer, the new Against Me!
~Furious Lullaby, Oliver de la Paz


Name: Hyun Jin said...

Hi Lee! This is Hyun Jin, Nick's partner. We are the cool surfing couple, as you put it, you met at the SF mini-gathering. Actually you got my name wrong in your blog, I don't know who that other woman is. Anyway, I was doing a Google search and ran across your blog. I've added your blog to my bookmark, hope you don't mind. So, big congrats on the release of your book. I'd love to organize an event here in the Bay Area where you could do a book reading. Something we can talk about more privately later. So, do you read all these books listed under current reading at the same time? I guess you weren't exaggerating when you gave me the advice to read A Lot, if I want to become a writer.

Lee Herrick said...

Hyun Jin, how awesome to hear from you! I hope you and Nick are doing well. I am really sorry about your name--I don't know what I was thinking, but I changed it already
you'll notice.

Sure, please bookmark me, and I'm going to link your blog from mine if you don't mind. I watched the video of you was so great! I loved how Nick went under and then got right back up to keep filming you.

Thanks for the congrats about my book. I'm stoked about it. I would love to do a reading there, so just let me know when and where. If you want, send me an e-mail sometime and we can talk about it (leeherrick [at] hotmail).

As for the reading list, yes, I usually read several books at a time. I should add, though, that I often don't finish them and often skip around from chapter to chapter. I guess I've gotten into the habit of reading a range of things simultaneously--poetry, fiction, history or poli sci, and sports...even a little Rolling Stone now and then. It could be that I read a lot, but I think it could just be that I'm weird and can't finish books.

Anyway, it's great to hear from you.

Pris said...

Hi Lee
Remember the movie 'When Harry Met Sally' and he always read the end of the book first? Do you do that. too??:-)

Interesting selection.

And thanks for your congrats post. I appreciated it.

Lee Herrick said...

I do remember (vaguely) that movie, yes, but no, I don't read the end of the books first. I always read the introduction or preface. I love those. I thought the intro to Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was a great piece of writing in and of itself, for example. Usually I read through a book like I might listen to a CD, skipping around, going back, paying more attention to certain spots of the book than others, and hopefully, if I'm lucky, I'll read the whole thing. I should add, this goes for books on nonfiction, which I'm reading a lot of right now. Novels I'll try to read straight through, but I only finish about 50% of the novels I begin reading.

jenni said...

Cool list. I want to get "Saints of Hysteria." I pretty much love everything Duhamel does. She's cool.

Lee Herrick said...

Saints of Hysteria is great---features collaborations of all sorts: Tabios and Carbo; Ginsberg and Cassady; a lot conteporary collaborators, a very interesting one between Anne Waldman and Tom Clark, among many many others. Each poem is followed by a "Process Note," where the poets explain how the poem came about. In one, Duhamel's class of about 18 people write a single poem. It's really a great book.

Lee Herrick said...

hyun jin, what happened to your blog? e-mail me if you get a chance...