Dec 12, 2006

Here is an essay I wrote for

I also meant to mention that I read Jenny Pollack's Klepto last week. Jenny is in the workshop I've been in for over 4 years, with the inimitable Jennifer Belle, tho she goes a different day of the week so I only saw this book in glimpses. Still, it was very cool to see the finished thing and I couldn't put it down! A really fun read, very funny and quick and glimmery. And the book itself is so adorable you want to eat it! Or stick it in a bowl in the front hallway.
Right now I am reading The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter, which is so gorgeous and whacked out, just stunning and loony and weird and dreamy. I mean: "Such a round moon. Trees laden to the plimsoll-line with a dreaming cargo of birds. The dewy grass licked her feet like the wet tongues of small, friendly beasts; the grass seemed longer and more clinging than during the day. Her dress trailed behind her; she left a glinting track in her wake. The still air was miraculously clear. Shadowed objects--a branch, a flower, stood out with dark precision, as if seen through water. She walked on slow, slient feet through the subaquaneous night. She breathed tremulously through her mouth, tasting black wine."


While I'm at it, I should mention that this is one of my favorite books--extremely dark and hollow and vicious and amazing--and possibly my favorite book cover ever: