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I will be in the Tuscan hills this summer and I am taking with me Shape of Light: Years of Photography and Abstract Art Tate to inspire my own photographic experiments. I heartily recommend Who Is Rich? The narrator, Rich Fischer, a once somewhat famous cartoonist, will please anyone who likes their protagonists clever and deluded, hopeful and doomed.
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His poems are intelligent and moving and find the perfect balance between intricacy and directness. Please discover Sylvia Townsend Warner this summer. In the second world war, the Germans used 2. Who Is Rich? I plan to read it while visiting my sister in Providence, Rhode Island. On a trip that is mainly travel, I want books that will inspire me, that are humane and thought-provoking.
Oscillating between bold declarations and restrained, seething fury, the poems slowly build to a storm in the psyche. The book is a masterclass in line-making and metaphor. It lifts me, like the best books, higher into myself. It is the epitome of autofiction — and advances the tradition to include images and photographs. Brutal and unforgiving, it explores a crumbling marriage and its ensuing existential crisis through the lens of the West Virginian working class.
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A classic of urgent, American storytelling. There have been quite a few such books recently, most of them overpraised and not as well written as their admirers claim. But Tallis writes with clarity and wit about the morbid condition of love, which emerges here as a kind of mental disorder. I was mesmerised by this book, which manages to be steamy hot and sweet at the same time. An American Marriage Algonquin by Tayari Jones is another incredible love story, though fraught with greater challenges for the couple at the centre, which makes the story all the more moving.
You will never forget the story of Celestial and Roy. Unfortunately, there are no grand travel plans for me this season. I read The One Who Wrote Destiny Atlantic by Nikesh Shukla, a beautiful, brilliant modern classic, cover to cover on one long-haul flight — take tissues! Every character makes a perfect holiday companion. Go Went Gone Granta, translated by Susan Bernofsky by Jenny Erpenbeck, looking at the plight of asylum seekers as told through a retired university professor, I found very moving. I think the book is telling me to believe in myself, to think at a higher-than-average level, and to not get bogged down with petty things.
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It made me laugh, think and cry. It did exactly what memoirs ought to do: made me want to rush straight back to her fiction. They publish so much clever, challenging and fascinating stuff. Corbin writes sparely, beautifully and with an exquisite fastidiousness about, well… something and nothing: quiet. I intend to consume all three of the above, at home or on trains, in an atmosphere of gentle reverence. Another that had me in its grip, due to her insightful and direct voice, was Kudos Faber by Rachel Cusk. Cusk has a piercing intellect but demonstrates it through perspicacity, not by showing off on the page.
I came to the graphic memoir Persepolis Pantheon by Marjane Satrapi via my year-old daughter. It is set in Iran around the Islamic revolution when the author is We accompany her through her gradual awakening to politics, love, oppression and the complexity of families — and her drawings are enchanting. Ponti Picador by Sharlene Teo is a sultry, hilarious dissection of mother-daughter relationships, and the effect of time and teenagehood on friendships, against the backdrop of Singapore B-movies. My watch ticks pm as I step out of the cab and up to the double French doors of the boutique Rivera del Rio hotel.
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A warm ocean breeze threatens to blow off my beach fedora. With just the slight crackle of the trees and the faintest crash of Pacific waves blocks away, Puerto Vallarta is calm tonight. I write to you while on a journey heading deep into the base of Cooper Canyon, 20, square miles of jagged cliffs and gorges slicing through the remote Mexican landscape. After 14 hours of driving, my tired body aches from doing nothing but bracing for the next speedbump on this half-paved gravel road. Snowflakes crusted my window as I peered down into vast openness.
Curious, ready to explore, I landed ready for adventure. In my experience, adventure leads to the desire for more. As we open ourselves up to new ideas, to uncertainty, to learning from others, new questions arise. Recently, I found myself in a cozy London hotel room. The floor to ceiling windows framed a typical English, October evening. Classic street lamps illuminated a gentle fog.
Pedestrians bustled in their overcoats. The glow of the West End marquees flickered from around the corner. It was the perfect evening for a new idea to brew…. Stay here for travel tips, bio-hacks and adventure ideas sure to get anyone off the couch! Running Legends of the Caballo Blanco. Coastal Currents: Casual Spring Fashions.
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