NYT columnist David Carr has written a book about his past as a junkie (The Night of the Gun). He cleaned himself up when his twin daughters came into his life. The Times has a lengthy excerpt.
Instead of relying on his spotty memory from his time as a junkie, he went out and interviewed his family, friends, enemies, and others who knew him at the time to get a more complete picture.
A former colleague interviewed Carr two years ago in Rake Magazine.
If I said I was a fat thug who beat up women and sold bad coke, would you like my story? What if instead I wrote that I was a recovered addict who obtained sole custody of my twin girls, got us off welfare and raised them by myself, even though I had a little touch of cancer? Now we’re talking. Both are equally true, but as a member of a self-interpreting species, one that fights to keep disharmony at a remove,
I just finished reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The book was published in 2004. It’s an amazing tale. It is set in an alternative 19th century Britain, where magic is making a comeback after hundreds of years of absence. Mr. Norrell is the only real magician of his age, until Jonathan Strange becomes his pupil.
The novel introduces an ensemble cast. I find that the novel is but only an introduction to a greater story. The book is set in a world where John Uskglass, the Raven King, was a king of an English kindgom hundreds of years ago. It is said that he ruled the North of England, a realm in Faerie and another realm on the far side of Hell.
Towards the end of the book, the Raven King returns. I have read that Susanna Clarke is writing another book in the same world, after what happened in this one. I wish she’d write about the Raven King and tell his story.
The book is being turned into a movie. I recommend it. It was a tantalizing read.
A man bought some second hand books from a woman. Little did he know that he was in for a surprise. More than a few were hollowed out and contained pornographic polaroids, from softcore to hardcore. (via kottke)
I just finished reading The System of the World by Neal Stephenson. Great book, great ending. After 3000 pages of stories, I’m a bit sad that it’s over. Oh well, I’ve got Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds to read and by the time I finish that, I’ll be back in Taipei to fill up on books.
I’m too exhausted to write a review or my initial impressions. I’ll save that for later in the week.
Against A Dark Background was the 5th novel of Scottish writer Iain M. Banks in the science-fiction genre.
This time, Banks leaves the comfort of The Culture for a whole new setting. It was published in 1993. Against a Dark Background was rewritten from an original work of 1975.
This is the 5th novel from Banks that I have read over a short period of time. Over the last week, I have also read Excession, Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and The Algebraist.
This is a review of the science-fiction novel Against A Dark Background by Iain M. Banks. It does contain some spoilers.
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