It’s a couple weeks until summer, I can begin to feel it in the air whenever my students enter the room. There’s a tenseness about. Four weeks to clear absences before they turn into truancies, four weeks left to lift grades before they enter that terribly concrete transcript.
For me, it means it’s time to plan a summer reading group. This has become one of my favorite things about summer. This year, we’re going to tackle some recent prize winners. It seems good to know what’s being written now, what our generation is producing. I’m curious to consider some of the particular follies and wisdom(s?) of our decade.
Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri (Pulitzer, Hemingway/PEN: 2000)
The Sea – John Banville (Man Booker: 2005)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz (Pulitzer: 2007)
Shadow of Sirius – W.S. Merwin (Pulitzer: 2009)
Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel – Man Booker (2009) — if CH and I can persuade anyone else to read the 560 pages …
Tinkers – Paul Harding (Pulitzer: 2010)
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (Pulitzer 2011)
If you’re in the LA/La Mirada area and are interested in joining us for a session or two, let me know.
R. Card Hyatt
“The aesthetic impulse like the thirst for truth might well be called a disease. It seldom, if ever, appears in a perfectly healthy man.” (H.L. Mencken)