What are your Rumblr editors reading this week? Well…
Molly: I am reading Red or Dead by David Peace and it is a force of nature, or rather a force of language. It’s over 700 pages about the manager (coach) of the Liverpool Football (Soccer) Club and I love it. It is repetitive in the extreme, but it’s a spectacular move: this book is nothing if not rhythm itself.
Claire: I’m reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. It’s so great, obviously, smart and beautifully written and such a joy to read. I giggled out loud when, only on like page 2, she made fun of grown men eating ice cream cones in public. This book!
Lucy: I’m reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, a sprawling novel that reaches from Italy in 1962 to movie studios in present-day L.A. There’s quite a bit of suspension of disbelief needed to make it through this book, but so far, it’s paid off. As yet, the best part: a gripping, all-out movie pitch by one of the book’s many underdogs for a movie he’s titled Donner!, and yes, it’s meant to be a mega-budget, soul-crushing movie epic on the ill-fated Donner Party.
Jen: I’m reading Is It My Body? Selected Texts by Kim Gordon. Kim Gordon’s art and music has been endlessly inspiring to me and this book is a joy to read. It includes essays on art, music, male bonding and Charles Manson, mostly from the 80s. Her writing is so concise and sharp. I feel like the world is lucky to finally have it collected in this little book. I love the title of her piece, “I’m Really Scared When I Kill in My Dreams" from 1983 and I Really Love Reading Kim’s Words.
Glad you’re enjoying it, Lucy.