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foreshortened reading Wednesday

I am learning a whole lot about Sam Cooke, the recording and music touring industries in the 1950s, and the various personalities on the r&b scene in that same decade. And it wasn't like I was an ignoramus up to this point, but wow. Extra kudos to author Peter Guralnick for making things like songwriting licensing disputes not only comprehensible but interesting, without resorting to melodramatics. Also, I want to learn more about Clyde McPhatter now.

This week I also read a brand spanking new copy of Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever. Yes, I am obsessed. I don't care.

Matthue Roth's My First Kafka arrived in the mail earlier this week and it is gorgeous. The illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason are simply outstanding. (Find it here.) Here's the cover so you can see what I mean:

The text is charming, too. No I won't be reading it to my children...yet.


No I won't be reading it to my children...yet.

You mean I'm not supposed to leave it out on the little table so they can pick it up and ask me to read it to them? ;)
They are going to end up with the same experience I had with No Exit: "oh, that's the neat play I read when I was in elementary school!"
This says so much about you. Fortunately, it's in crabbed handwriting in a foreign language, so I'm not sure *what* it says, but I'm sure it says much.
I was going to try to get the girl down the block to do a version of it with me but I was worried her parents would say no because it was about Hell.
My dad left out an anthology of weird stories edited by Ray Bradbury that included "In the Penal Colony." I remember thinking it was totally cool and telling my friends about it.
I have a feeling that by the time [daughter] is ready for the content of Kafka, she'll be ready for the form of Kafka as well. (Problem is, most of the English translations suck.)
I definitely have Opinions about Kafka translations. As highly abridged versions go, though, Matty's is actually surprisingly good. Better than some full-blown versions I've read in terms of conveying the tone, for sure. (The illustrations probably help.)