What are your Rumblr editors reading this week? Well…
Molly: I’m reading John Jeremiah Sullivan’s memoir of his father and exploration of the horse-human bond, Blood Horses. I know nothing about horses. I have never even been on one. I do know, however, that I love John Jeremiah Sullivan’s writing—I was a huge fan of Pulphead—and so I’ve hitched myself to this particular (horse-drawn) wagon.
Claire: I’m reading Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s Memories of the Future,a collection of stories about time travel and nightmares and weirdos looking for ways to survive in Soviet Moscow. I keep hearing people compare Krzhizhanovsky to Kafka, but I am not that fancy, so all I can think about as I read these stories is how similar they feel to the best episodes of The Twilight Zone, all full of politics and sci-fi pulp and slow-moving dread.
Lucy: I am reading To Siberia by Per Petterson, whose writing both becalmed and entranced me in Out Stealing Horses—a terribly lonely, terribly beautiful book unfolding within the memories of an old Norwegian hermit. To Siberia's setting is the same as Lois Lowry's Number the Stars (that 5th grade treasure), WWII Scandinavia as described by young people. Petterson’s plots sometimes move at the speed of molasses, and the effort it takes to slow to his speed is part of the considerable appeal.