Friday, March 25, 2016

What we're drinking (South. Italian reds, chiaro)

Nero d'avola and Neprica (which is a blend of grapes mainly grown in Southern Italy, including Negroamaro and Primitivo).



Sunday, March 20, 2016


Sometimes Leo says "Mommy" and it's not because he is telling me something or calling my name.

He just says it, like you might say 'well' or 'wow' or 'so.'


As if he says it when he can't think of anything to say or when he simply wants to reflect on how full our lives are he says "Mommy."

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What I'm reading (February 2016)

Okay, so I'm going to keep going, at least for now, with recording what I am actually reading. Not just the official book list but all the books I peruse throughout the month.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I want to record life exactly as it happens, and in the case of one's reading life, that means taking into account not just the books you read from start to finish but books you skim, books you pick up to read for a few minutes while waiting for something else to happen, stuff you consult in the course of research, books you cadge from the Little Libraries in your neighborhood (does anyone else do this? Atlanta, and especially my neighborhood in Atlanta, is full of these joyous little wooden structures that look like mailboxes or better yet miniatures of the houses behind them) etc.

So here we go for February/early March:.... 30 days in the life of Jeanne reading (books only).

Books read for Bennington:
Antonya Nelson, Female Trouble
Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words
J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country

Books read for lecture research (still Bennington):
Giorgio Bassani, Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
Jhumpa Lahiri, “Diario,” diary excerpt published in the Italian literary magazine, Nuovi Argomenti (Fall 2015 issue) 

Other books read but not finished:
Viola Di Grado, Hollow Heart
Muriel Spark, Public Image

Books I purely perused and nothing more:
Fabio Volo, E' Tutto Vita
Neil LaBute, Seconds of Pleasure (stories) [From a LITTLE LIBRARY] 

Books I need to pick up again and finish:
Jane Austen, Emma

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

NYC Translation event -- Wish I were there!

An amazing translation event is planned for tomorrow in New York.

A conversation with the translators of Elena Ferrante and Roberto Bolano (Ann Goldstein and Natasha Wimmer, respectively).

Hosted by Asymptote Journal, a journal of literary translation, which recently quite generously published an essay of mine on its blog (read it here). The event is in honor of its 5th anniversary.

Oh I wish I could go!

If you can, lucky you. Click here for the details.