When I windowlicked a nap, I realized I needed a break. To that aim, I'll be taking the month of August off from blogging regularly. I'll be in the city on and off -- Wednesday, August 16: be there at the square! --and in the country, too. Mostly, you know, chillaxing, but also getting caught up on current projects as well as preparing for fall. In my travel tote:
- Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, the August pick of the (fashion + style) Bloggers' Book Club
- Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker, which I'm reviewing for emdashes.com
- The new issue of Absinthe: New European Writing
- And a couple of manuscripts I'm reading for potential '07 projects (I'm only doing 10 next year, and I've committed to 1) -- exciting!
My August picks for The Smart Set are now posted at MaudNewton.com.
And, if you're looking for summer reading, here's the list of truly extraordinary books I've been privileged to help get the word out about so far this year (in reverse chronological order):
- Putting the Pieces Together: The Graffiti Model for Indie Filmmaking by the Quality of Life team
- The Venus Fix by M.J. Rose -- P.S. there's still time to join the Summer Buzz Campaign and raise money for your pick of three very cool nonprofit organizations!
- Triangle by Katharine Weber
- Instant Love by Jami Attenberg
- The Untelling by Tayari Jones (newly in paperback; winner of the Lillian C. Smith Award for New Voices!)
- Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things by Robert Frenay
- The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good by Peter S. Temes
- The Essential Francisco Sosa, or Picadou's Mexico City by C.M. Mayo (audio)
- Mary After All by Bill Gordon
A bientot, doves! XX, LC.