Happy World Book Day!

I’m a sucker for any kind of book meme floating around on the internets.

Books I’m Reading:

  • The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa. I’m on Chapter 3 and I’m only just getting into it.

The last book I finished was Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett.

Book I’m Writing: Uhh not really doing that right now. I’m trying to finish this short story about this mad scientist who teaches volunteer classes for kids at a local community center, but it’s been a tough slog despite the encouraging words from my writing group. I’ve also been writing a lot of random things about childhood in Colombia.

I really would really LIKE to write a novel one day, not necessarily about Colombia. I don’t really know what it would be about. In high school I had a lot of ideas for novels. I kept a list of them, the way you would keep a list of R.E.M. or Tori Amos albums.

I don’t know if I would ever be able to write a historical kind of novel like Feast of the Goat, even though I have a LOT of respect for that kind of heavy, research-intensive writing.

Some ideas I have had for novels, at one point or another:

– a post-apocalyptic story set in rural South America, in which a bunch of little kids run around and are really dirty.

– a collection of linked short stories about kids growing up in Colombia or Mexico (sounds very similar to above)

– an epic Umberto Eco-esque novel about Lazzarro Spallanzani, a 13th-century biologist (this might be more akin to historical fantasy like the movie “Amadeus” as opposed to something super historically rigid). I just love that name!

– I have always wanted to write something about Irish immigrants in Central or South America. I just think the Irish are really cool.

– A year or two ago my sister bought everyone in my family all these kidnapping books, written by these survivors of FARC kidnappings, and she talked a lot about how interesting she found captivity narratives. I would love to write a captivity narrative. I don’t know what it would be about or what it would be like–the phrase “captivity narrative” is as far as I have gotten.

– I would love to move to Argentina, Uruguay and/or Chile, live there and get a feel for the places, and then write a book about book-loving detectives, as a homage to Piglia, Onetti, Bolaño and Borges.

– A novel about my Portuguese grandfather, his fisherman ancestry in the Azores, his asthmatic childhood in Connecticut and his Hollywood aspirations.

Book I Love Most: Uy-uy-uy. Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe never fails to make me feel not sad about the world. Infinite Jest is inspiring. “Hamlet” is incomparable. David Lodge’s Therapy is unbeatable comfort foodI feel more ambivalent about Garcia Marquez now than I did in high school but I think Cien Años de Soledad will never be a book that I don’t recommend to people. I think more than anything else, these are the works I turn to for comfort again and again and again, or if I want to remind myself what literature is capable of.

Last Book I Received As A Gift: Mmm I guess the books I got for Christmas–Ulysses, Philip K. Dick’s Exegesis. I bought myself The Hunger Games so maybe that counts as a gift.

Last Book I Gave As A Gift: I guess all those cookbooks to my little bro, or Wolf Hall and Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath to my mom, and The Marriage Plot to my sis.

Nearest Book: The Feast of the Goat, sitting right next to me for a bedtime read (it’s late!!). The other nearest book to me is the Tibetan Book of Yoga, another gift.

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