What are your Rumblr editors reading this week? Well…
Molly: I just started Renata Adler’s Speedboat on the train this morning. I’m reading this book for book club, but also to be honest I picked this book for book club. It is episodic in a way I find lovely, that has it’s own strange momentum. I am still whirling over these first few lines:
Nobody died that year. Nobody prospered. There were no births or marriages. Seventeen reverent satires were written—disrupting a cliche and, presumably, creating a genre.
Claire: I’ve been very slowly working my way through the stories in Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance; they’re too small and smart and polished for me to read too many at once. Right now I’m in the middle of “Mrs. D and Her Maids,” and it’s so funny and so full, it’s such a great pleasure to watch Lydia Davis’s brain whirring along at this brilliant speed.
Lucy: I am reading Lincoln Cushing’s All of Us Or None, a compendium of social justice–related posters from the Bay Area. In 1977, the Oakland Museum of California began acquiring some 200 posters from activist Michael Rossman. Many of the prints, silkscreens, and paintings are hilarious (“Women Invented Cheese”), others terrifying (a classic Saturn-chewing-on-his-children image over the words “Amerika is Devouring Its Children”), but all are artful. Forever a center of envelope-pushery, the protest art to come out of the Bay Area is, like the place, impassioned, unexpected, and often quite beautiful.