Books acquired: Gass, Lish, Sharlet.

I had an Amazon gift card from Christmas, so I used it to grab the three most recent things off my wish list: Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish, Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation by William H. Gass, and Jeff Sharlet’s The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

I’ll probably read the Sharlet first; fiction has disagreed with me so far this year, for reasons mostly having to do with my own attempts to write the stuff rather than anything else, so maybe something a little more political in nature is what the doctor ordered. I do love a good conspiracy involving Evangelical fascists and politicians who’ll do anything for their money, and these latter days sure seem to create an awful lot of those sorts of scenarios, yes?

The Lish has been on my list for a while. Reading Rilke caught my attention because Gass’ On Being Blue was maybe my favorite thing I read in 2018. I’ll have more to say about those when I get to them.

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