Cookin’ With Gas (and Reading)

The all-girl rodeo was cancelled on Tuesday, so we postponed the trip into Buffalo as well.  Andres and I made a run into Sheridan instead, where I found the perfect substrate for the new piece.  I also took advantage of the time to crank out all the dyeing for (S)Edition, worked hard for a long day today, and now I’ve reached the ‘meanwhile’ stage.  Meaning: the next few work stages on (S)Edition will consist of short bursts then drying time, and meanwhile, while things are drying, I can work on the new piece.  The new piece has hold o’ my head. Since I’m absorbed in the studio, and don’t want to bore you with my total obsession, I’ll do something I never thought I’d do on Blahg…and bore you with a list of what I’ve been reading since the end of May:

Andrina and other stories: George MacKay Brown (short stories)

Crowdie and Cream: Finlay J. MacDonald (memoir, much better than its title suggests)

The Stornoway Way: Kevin MacNeil (novel – excellent. Well, I liked it. )

The Life and Death of St. Kilda: Tom Steel (nonfiction)

Social Intelligence: Daniel Goleman (nonfiction, very interesting)

The Wee Mad Road: Jack & Barbara Maloney (memoir – delightful)

Beside the Ocean of Time: George Mackay Brown (novel)

Soil and Soul – People Versus Corporate Power:  Alastair McIntosh (nonfiction – a difficult, powerful book – I recommend it highly!  Even when you think I’m crazy for doing it.  Just keep going.)

Free Food for Millionaires: Min Jin Lee (novel)

Market Street: Xiao Hong (memoir)*

Come To Me: Amy Bloom (short stories)*

Breath, Eyes, Memory: Edwidge Danticat (novel)*

The Book of Common Prayer: Joan Didion (novel)*

Currently re-reading:

The Hand – How Its Use Shapes The Brain, Language, and Human Culture: Frank R. Wilson (nonfiction, still excellent).

*in my room at Jentel