What We Read This Summer

// As a writer, summer is a time to relax; explore experimental ideas without the pressures of deadlines. It’s a time to revisit old work, old critiques, and revise at my leisure. But most importantly, it’s a time to catch up on some much needed, well-deserved, unassigned summer reading.

I will sometimes revisit the classics gathering dust on my bookshelf, but most times I try to read someone I have never read before, usually authors mentioned in previous classes that I hurriedly wrote in the back of my notebook as a sort of “to do” list.

A collection of short stories I particularly enjoyed this summer was Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. If you’ve never had a chance to check out Johnson, I highly recommend you do so immediately. The characters are rich, the narrator is satisfyingly unreliable, and the drug-induced versions of events feel familiar (even if you’ve never popped a pill in your life).

I started reading Lolita, but now that school is back in session it looks as though poor little Lo will have to take the backseat for a bit.

So what did everyone else read this summer?
Anything you loved?
Anything you hated?
Did anyone venture into that Gray bestseller territory?

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