New Year’s Day, 2010: A check-in

January 1, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

It’s the first day of a brand new decade, which is an opportunity for optimism and hope, largely because the aughts were such a monumental pile of steaming crap. In the spirit of looking forward (and a bit of looking back), here’s a brief – and somewhat frivolous – roundup of where things stand with yr. humble correspondent.

Last book completed in 2009

The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar

First book undertaken in 2010

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Ten books bought and read in 2009

The Diary of a Rapist by Evan S. Connell
A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
The Humbling by Philip Roth
Century by Ray Smith
Stet by Diana Athill
Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Nobody Move by Denis Johnson
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

Ten books bought in 2009 that remain unread

The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses by Stephen Davis
Mickelson’s Ghosts by John Gardner
Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill
The Pornographer’s Poem by Michael Turner
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch
Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth ed. by Peter Wild
Remainder by Tom McCarthy
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
Beautiful Children by Charles Bock

Highly anticipated 2010 releases

Girl Crazy by Russell Smith
The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
Every Lost Country by Steven Heighton
Combat Camera by A.J. Somerset
Point Omega by Don DeLillo
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

Most anticipated rerelease

The Good Body by Bill Gaston

Most boring publishing story of 2009

The Google Book Search settlement lawsuit.

Runner up

Shortcovers becomes Kobo; announces e-reader.

Own a Kindle?


Want one?

Hell no.

Reading resolutions for 2010

More classics/backlist titles, more poetry. Stop feeling guilty about abandoning books that are mediocre or unsatisfying (which, it must be acknowledged, is the vast majority of them). Life is short; demand the best. Follow Highsmith’s Ripley: “Il meglio, il meglio!


2 Responses to “New Year’s Day, 2010: A check-in”
  1. Oliver says:

    Own a Kindle? Well, the last time that I dropped my book on the sidewalk it cost me zero dollars to make it functional again. A paperback is the ultimate portable entertainment system.

    Happy New Year to you and Sarah.

    Peace and bliss,


  2. katherine says:

    Dude. Get on with reading Remainder. It’s good.