on the bedside table:

Mrs. Dalloway. by Virginia Woolf. Who wouldn't want to read this after watching The Hours?

Dialectical Urbanism. by Andy Merrifield. I don't really know what I was thinking, but it looked good in the bookstore.

Songbook. by Nick Hornby. A book of essays by the British writer about his favorite songs. Published by McSweeney's.

The Collector. by John Fowles. Another birthday present.

Italian Folktales. by Italo Calvino. A collection of traditional Italian stories.

The Life of Pi. by Yann Martel. Last year's Booker Prize winner, by a Canadian writer. Sounds interesting, and may be next.

The World's Game: A History of Soccer. by Bill Murray. I think the title of this one is self evident.

The Education of Robert Nifkin. by Daniel Pinkwater. Yet another birthday present (what do my friends think I do all day).

I like to keep a big pile of books on my bedside table that I am preparing to read. Keeps me motivated.


Books I have recently finished:

Soccer in Sun and Shadow. by Eduardo Galeano. A book of anecdotes about soccer and its social and cultural implications. A great book.

The Great World. by David Malouf. A book about Australia over 3 generations and several wars. Altogether enjoyable, and a present from my friend Annie upon leaving Sydney this summer.

The Samurai's Garden. by Gail Tsukiyama. My mother gave me this one (do I ever read books I buy myself?) and I finally read it about a year later. It was good. And about Japan during World War II.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. by Michael Chabon. Wow was this excellent. I can't wait for the movie.


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