So it’s a new year and I have about half a dozen writing projects on the go. Some are long and some are short, but they all involve me tapping away at my laptop into the wee hours of the morning every single day. More news to come as it develops.
I’ve restocked the zine rack at Depanneur Le Pick Up. Here are some of the more recent additions, including the new issue of Scam, which is a history of the first Black Flag LP, the latest issue of Maranda’s amazing Telegram, and some fantastic little books by James Kirkpatrick. Also new stuff from One Way Ticket zine, the Still Crapulent After All These Years food blog, and more! Check it out.
One of the funnest things I’ve done in the last few months is write book reviews for the daily culture website and monthly print periodical, Cult Mtl, born from the ashes of the late lamented Montreal Mirror (you can read all of my reviews here).
As in previous years I’m including a list of some of the best books I read this year. All the books that I chose to read, outside of school and reviewing, were by women. I read very slowly and carefully this year. One of the downsides of writing so much is that there is less time for reading, so I tried to choose books that would slow my brain down and offer gifts on each page.
Here’s a partial list, in no particular order:
Inferno: A Poet’s Novel and The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art by Eileen Myles; Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness and Summer of Hate by Chris Kraus; The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America and Sister Spit: Writing, Rants, and Reminiscence from the Road (ed.) by Michelle Tea; Orlando, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, The Voyage Out, “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” by Virginia Woolf; Strange Heaven by Lynn Coady; The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman; Dear Life by Alice Munro; Out of the Vinyl Deeps by Ellen Willis; A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence; Heroines by Kate Zambreno; Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War by Deb Olin Unferth; Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig; Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster; Love and the Mess We’re In by Stephen Marche; Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight by J. B. Staniforth; NoMeansNo: Going Nowhere by Mark Black.