Weekly Reading Log

August 14 – 20, 2011:

Robert Coover, “Matinée” (The New Yorker, July 25, 2011)

August 7 – 13, 2011:

Leo Tolstoy, “Kavkazskii Plennik” (usually tr. “The Prisoner of the Caucasus”) – in Russian and in English (Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

Leo Tolstoy, What Is Art? (1904; translated by Maude Aylmer)

July 31 – August 6, 2011:

Justin Torres, “Reverting to a Wild State” (The New Yorker, August 1, 2011)

From Lev Tolstoy, Polnoye Sobranie Rasskazov i P’es v Odnom Tome (Collected Works: Stories and Plays in One Volume):

  • “Lyagushka i Lev” (Basnya) – (“The Frog and the Lion” – a fable)
  • “Slon” (Byl’) – (“The Elephant” – a true story)
  • “Obyez’yana i Gorokh” (Basnya) – (“The Ape and the Peas” – a fable)
  • “Kak Mal’chik Rasskazyval o Tom, Kak On Perestal Boyat’sya Slepykh Nishchikh” (Rasskaz) – (“How the Boy Told About How He Stopped Fearing Blind Beggars” – a story)

From D. S. Mirsky, A History of Russian Literature From Its Beginnings to 1900:

  • “The Age of Realism:  The Novelists (II) – Tolstoy (to 1880)”
  • “The End of a Great Age – Tolstoy (from 1880)”

From A. S. Pushkin, Izbrannoye (Selected Works): “Kavkazskii Plennik” (“The Captive of the Caucasus” – narrative poem, 1822)

July 24 – 30, 2011:

From New Stories from the South, 2010:

  • Adam Atlas, “New Year’s Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims’ Hospital, Naples, Italy”
  • Brad Watson, “Noon”
  • Stephen Marion, “The Coldest Night of the Twentieth Century”
  • Wendell Berry, “A Burden”

July 17 – 23, 2011:

From New Stories from the South, 2010:

  • Bret Anthony Johnston, “Caiman”
  • Laura Lee Smith, “this Trembling Earth”
  • Kevin Wilson, “Housewarming”
  • Dorothy Alison, “Jason Who Will Be Famous”
  • Aaron Gwyn, “Drive”

From Best American Short Stories 2010:

  • “The Netherlands Lives with Water” (by Jim Shepard; from McSweeney’s – re-read)

and

From Andrea Barrett, Ship Fever:  “The Behavior of the Hawkweeds”

July 10 – 16, 2011:

From New Stories from the South, 2010:

  • Rick Bass, “Fish Story”
  • George Singleton, “Columbarium”
  • Ashleigh Pedersen, “Small and Heavy World”
  • Megan Mayhew Bergman, “The Cow That Milked Herself”

and

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, “Aphrodisiac” (The New Yorker, July 11, 2011)

July 3 – 9, 2011:

From New Stories from the South, 2010:

  • Tim Gautreaux, “Idols”
  • Ann Pancake, “Arsonists”
  • Emily Quinlan, “The Green Belt”

June 26 – July 2, 2011:

  • Charles E. May, The Short Story:  The Reality of Artifice
  • Flannery O’Connor, “The Artificial Nigger”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “The Lame Shall Enter First”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Why Do the Heathen Rage?”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Revelation”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Judgement Day”

June 19 – 25, 2011:

  • Flannery O’Connor, “Enoch and the Gorilla”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “A Late Encounter with the Enemy”
  • Jeffrey Eugenides, “Asleep in the Lord”
  • Lauren Groff, “Above and Below”
  • Alice Munro, “Gravel” (The New Yorker, June 27, 2011)

June 12 – 18, 2011:

  • Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
  • Edward O. Wilson, Anthill

June 5 – 11, 2011:

  • Flannery O’Connor, “Everything That Rises Must Converge”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”
  • Brad Gooch, Flannery:  A Life of Flannery O’Connor (2009)
  • Aleksandar Hemon, “The Aquarium” (Essay; The New Yorker, June 13 & 20, 2011)
  • George Saunders, “Home” (The New Yorker, June 13 & 20, 2011)
  • Yuri Olesha, “Liompa”

May 28 – June 4, 2011:

  • Cat Rambo, “Magnificent Pigs,” (Strange Horizons, 27 November 2006)
  • Ron Rash, “The Trusty” (The New Yorker, May 23, 2011) – re-read
  • Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” – re-read
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People” – re-read
  • Tessa Hadley, “Clever Girl” (The New Yorker, June 6, 2011)

May 21 – 27, 2011:

  • Anton Chekhov, “The Steppe,” Sections VII – VIII
  • Anton Chekhov, “House With a Mezzanine (An Artist’s Story)”
  • Donald Antrim, “He Knew” (The New Yorker, May 9, 2011)

May 14 – 20, 2011:

  • Anton Chekhov, “The Steppe,” Sections V – VI
  • Ron Rash, “The Trusty” (The New Yorker, May 23, 2011)

May 7 – 13, 2011:

  • Anton Chekhov, “The Steppe,” Sections I – IV
  • Sam Lipsyte, “Deniers” (The New Yorker, May 2, 2011)
  • Michael Ondaatje, “The Cat’s Table” (The New Yorker, May 16, 2011)

May 1 – 6, 2011:

From You Know When the Men Are Gone (Siobhan Fallon)

  • “Remission”
  • “Inside the Break”
  • “The Last Stand”
  • “Leave”
  • “You Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming”
  • “Gold Star”

From Best American Short Stories 2010

  • “The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach” (by Karen Russell; from Tin House)
  • “The Netherlands Lives with Water” (by Jim Shepard; from McSweeney’s)
  • “The Cowboy Tango” (by Maggie Shipstead; from Virginia Quarterly Review)
  • “Raw Water” (by Wells Tower; from McSweeney’s)

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