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Notable Books, Mostly Unnoted

Like Jessa, perusing the NYT's 100 notable books of 2005 makes me realize that I too might have to give up my "lit blogging credentials." I might also have to give up any and all pretensions of being "well-read." I've only read one of the books on the list, Ian McEwan's Saturday. And, as if that isn't pathetic enough, there's only eleven others that I have a strong interest in reading:

Thomas Kelly, Empire Rising
E.L. Doctorow, The March
Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of my Melancholy Whores
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
John Banville, The Sea
Kenneth Ackerman, Boss Tweed
Jared Diamond, Collapse
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics
Ron Powers, Mark Twain
Tom Reiss, The Orientalist

I guess this means I wouldn't move particularly easily through Manhattan's literary circles. I'd be the awkward guy at cocktail parties, wearing a plaid shirt and ten-year-old brown shoes, standing there dumbfounded amidst weighty discussions of Banville versus Ishiguro and abruptly saying "Hey, did anybody see 'Prison Break' this week?," followed by embarrassed dead silence, followed by me stammering "Excuse me, I think I'll go get another drink" and bolting out of the building without bothering to retrieve my overcoat.

November 28, 2005 in Books | Permalink

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"perusing the NYT's 100 notable books of 2005 makes me realize that I too might have to give up my "lit blogging credentials." I might also have to give up any and all pretensions of being "well-read." "

You might also consider stuffing the NYT down the nearest "potty" where it belongs, and not worry about it...

Posted by: Al at Nov 28, 2005 12:16:35 PM

I've read 6 -- but then again, I find my "knitting" blog is becoming more of a "lit" blog all the time. (Note the categories -- 11 entries under "knitting" and 36 under "books".)

Posted by: Julie at Nov 28, 2005 5:45:09 PM

Instead of reading what the Times tells me to, I spent the weekend catching up on old Seinfeld episodes -- and I am really, really happy about it.

Posted by: skimble at Nov 28, 2005 6:35:29 PM

Been to a couple of those parties. If you don't feel out of place then you'd probably enjoy rolling in the same middlebrow pap in wich they tend to bathe. Stay in the Middle West. Cook more. Less TV. Read Turgenev, Dost. and Nabokov.

BT
http://browntroutsnextbook.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Brown Trout at Nov 28, 2005 9:30:56 PM

Trout, don't even get me started on my ignorance of the Russian masters. I might start weeping.

Posted by: Pete at Nov 29, 2005 7:59:30 AM