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DannyOlda

DannyOlda

Joined December 2017

Art Critic, curator, reader. I mostly stick to contemporary literary fiction and poetry, tending toward indie presses.
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Petersburg by Andrei Bely, Bely
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Twenty-Ninth Year by Hala Alyan
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Ways of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist
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Les mis?rables by Victor Hugo
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In the Flow by Boris Groys
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I was in a rough mood this week so was looking for an easy read e-book can enjoy in the dark then fall asleep to. So far so good.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Put my current read down to begin my official labor day/hurricane read. Thankfully for us, Dorian seems to be taking a turn away from us, but I still plan on reading all day.

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The new #boxwallabook box is in and it is better than last time! I feel like this box subscription totally aligns with my taste. I've been wanting this edition of Pessoa's Book of Disquiet and I totally love Natalia Ginzburg.

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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I finally got around to this one. I read, I think on LitHub, that Jeff Vandermeer recommended this as a beach read and it got me to finally start it. Now that I've read it, it totally makes sense. Kudos is somehow an effortless read without sacrificing it's depth. Great writing.

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Ways of Curating | Hans Ulrich Obrist
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A work-related book this time, but a pleasure to read. A fascinating look at exhibition-making and interesting directions it can go in.

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Death in Spring | Merc Rodoreda
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My first Women in Translation Month read this year. This book feels so much like a bad dream, eerie in the best way. There's a lot to unpack in what is certainly rich symbolism. A very interesting short read. #womenintranslation #witmonth

merelybookish Cool pic! 1mo
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Pickpick

I really enjoy science and travel writing. The feminist perspective of this book, though, made it especially refreshing. The voice is convincing and enjoyable to read, though I feel like we listened to all the same Radiolab episodes.

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Touché

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Finally got around to and finished this #botm. A very, very easy and enjoyable read. She has a real knack for dialogue.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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I'm officially a #botm bff starting this month! I'm unreasonably excited about this tote. Also, I wasn't terribly moved by this month's picks so went with a past members' favorite. I wonder if I'll regret not getting Gods of Jade and Shadow.

LauraJ Dark Matter is so good! 3mo
DannyOlda Nice, @LauraJ ! The reviews are definitely what made me go with it. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I loved Dark Matter! Recursion is just as good, if not better! 3mo
DannyOlda Cool, @Reviewsbylola , I'll check it out! 3mo
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The Besieged City | Clarice Lispector
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A challenging book to be sure, but Lispector's language is so rewarding. She writes as if she doesn't want to repeat any sentence she's ever heard, as if she doesn't know any cliches. The metaphors and descriptions are jarring but right on. Not an easy read but it was definitely worth it for me. It was the most different feeling writing I've read in a while.

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Samalio Pardulus | Otto Julius Bierbaum
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Went back to Malvern Books to pick this one up. A not bad dark tale of a novella. Sort of a weird gnostic Gothic story. I gave it a pick because of the very cool early 20th century illustrations that are included.

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Death in Spring | Merc Rodoreda
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Stopped by Malvern books while here in Austin, TX, and I love this shop! So well curated and full of indie and under appreciated presses and authors. If you're looking for an interesting and unexpected read, stop in here and ask the staff for some help. Picked up two books (both staff suggestions) and I hope to stop by again before we leave.

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Just got my first #boxwalla book box and I feel like these picks are totally perfect for me. Hopefully, I still feel that way after I read them but I'm pretty confident.

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Finally getting to last month's #botm. In the background is one sculpture from Sheryl Oring's installation, Writer's Block, created in reference to the Bebalplatz book burning on May 10, 1933. Spending a lot of time with this art, deinstalling it this week, and The Flight Portfolio has meant a lot of time thinking about war, art, and censorship.

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Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
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I had jury duty today. I'm so glad I remembered to bring this book. It felt so far from the courthouse and the long waits.

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Nightingale | Paisley Rekdal
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Another (at times) heartbreaking #poetry read. Really enjoying this one so far.

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Heading to Austin for a bit next month. Any bookstores I should be sure to visit?

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You can find my whole review on Goodreads, but basically...I find the theme very, very important and relevant, but it was approached so heavy handedly that the craft really suffered for it. The dialogue especially lacked any nuance and subtly to the point that it was distracting. I really needed this book and I'm sorry it couldn't find it's way to me.

DannyOlda #botm I really have panning books but the dialogue was tough. Sometimes people just have small talk, or just discuss personal aspirations, intimate concerns, or joke around. We rarely discuss the big questions but I don't think there was a conversation in this book touched on anything else. 4mo
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Omer Pasha Latas | Ivo Andrc
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My daughter is sick and I keep checking in on her as she is getting to sleep and this paragraph comes up.

Megabooks 💙💙 5mo
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No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy
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Had to take a detour mid-book to re-establish my reading habit by picking one up that I knew I'd speed through... Thus Cormac McCarthy.

Taylor Have you read this before, or your first time? 5mo
DannyOlda First time, @Taylor . I've been meaning to for a while now. 5mo
Taylor Yeah, I haven‘t read this one, I realized. I was thinking this was a post about “Blood Meridian” for some reason. Have you read this author before though? 5mo
DannyOlda Ah, I haven't read Blood Meridian yet, @Taylor. I read The Road and enjoyed it. I think I liked his writing style more than the actual narrative there. This book, despite McCarthy's pared down style, leaves a lot to be parsed in a good way. I bet it's a good pick for a violent little book club. 5mo
Taylor Yeah I haven‘t read “The Road” either. “Blood Meridian” is a masterpiece though. His writing is great no matter what, it seems. 5mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Loved this little book. It spurred some serious thinking for me (about violence, misogyny, progress, &c.) while being a very finely tuned and paced psychological thriller (but also much more).

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 5mo
batsy Yes! That sums it up perfectly. 5mo
DannyOlda Thanks, @batsy ! 5mo
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Municipalists | Seth Fried
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Finally getting to last month's #botm. A fairly fun, easy read.

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Tap Out: Poems | Edgar Kunz
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Latest on my #poetry shelf. It might be just me, but this one brings back some vivid feelings from those hyper-macho tween years. Quiet but heavy impact.

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Seems relevant.

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One of my most favorite publishers, a consistently great press @twodollarradio is now on Litsy! Consider showing them some love and giving them a follow. (Also, this book was amazing. One of the best I've read over the last year.)

twodollarradio Oh, dang, thank you so much!🥳 6mo
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Speaking of signed copies...I didn't realize the copy of Kudos that FSG sent was a signed edition

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I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Scored this signed copy at Bookstore 1 in Sarasota.

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Jacob's Room (Revised) | Virginia Woolf
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I know it sounds weird but I don't really do favorites in music, art, etc. However, now reading Jacob's Room, I realize that I do have a favorite author: Virginia Woolf. Whenever I read her writing, it's as if she's describing memories that are not mine but somehow already exist in my brain.

DannyOlda I know that's a weird description but it's the best I can do. Her work just makes great intuitive sense to me. 7mo
batsy I love that description. That's how it feels with certain writers I love, too. 7mo
DannyOlda Thanks, @batsy ! 7mo
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The Neighborhood: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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My prize from FSG just arrived! That was quick. Now to read these...

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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I just got an email that I won this! Wow, that's two book wins in a month (the first was from LitHub)! My TBR shelf is going to get really crowded in 4 to 6 weeks.

TheSpineView Congrats! 8mo
saresmoore So awesome! 8mo
fleeting So jealous! 3mo
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Newest on my #poetry shelf... This one is very good but a bit of an emotional gut punch at times. Which, I guess, is also part of what makes it very good.

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Hark | Sam Lipsyte
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This inexplicably came in the mail from Simon and Schuster. I'm pretty sure I won it in a drawing on LitHub which...awesome. I just don't need to be adding books to my #tbr shelf right now. I've heard mixed reviews about this one. Anyone read it?

Lauren.Archer I am curious on the feedback on this one. He did a long interview with Mark Maron on his podcast. Real interesting guy. 8mo
DannyOlda I'll definitely give it a read @Lauren.Archer and try to leave a review here. Also really interested in anyone's feedback. 8mo
DannyOlda ... And will listen to the podcast episode tonight, thanks for mentioning it, @Lauren.Archer ! 8mo
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Ultraviolet: A Novel | Suzanne Matson
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Back to India for a bit with this new novel. I accidentally left a leaking bottle of ink on this book, but I actually rather like the effect.

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Holy Moly Carry Me | Erika Meitner
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Newest on my #poetry shelf. About a third of the way in and it's narrative poetry that touched on the anxiety of parenting, being a good person and much more. Really enjoying this so far.

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot
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This is the first year I've really tracked my reading. I followed through alright on buying only physical books and mostly from indie bookshops and presses. I need some new resolutions for next year. Maybe more nonfiction?

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On to my second #botm from December. What'd you all think of this one. So far this dystopia feels like it would be mine.

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Baby, I Don't Care | Chelsey Minnis
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New on the #poetry shelf, a recommendation from a friend.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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My wife just bought this print of #JaneAusten books by Jane Mount just as I was coincidentally finishing Northanger Abbey. It now hangs in our kitchen.

saresmoore Lovely! 9mo
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Hunting Party | Agns Desarthe
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A few packages arrived at once to make for a bit of a #bookhaul. My tbr stack is getting a bit to high now so no buying books for the next few weeks. I started with Hunting Party and really enjoying it so far but also looking forward to both of my #botm picks. Anyone else choose those also?

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Newest addition to the poetry shelf.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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My first B&N buy in a while. I got antsy waiting for a few press deliveries. So far so good with this post-apocalyptic read.

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I've been a bit ambivalent about #botm lately but this month really came through for me and I picked up two. What did you all think of this month's selections?

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I've never heard this thought articulated before but it rings so true. Going to be thinking about this one for days.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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So far, enjoying this #botm with a main character you love to hate.

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Ultraviolet: A Novel | Suzanne Matson
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Spent way too much on books today but Catapult and Soft Skull presses offered great deals that I couldn't pass up. Consider supporting indie presses this season; you won't be disappointed.

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The Idiot | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Finally finished this one. At times it really felt like a character experiment with the plot suffering for it. Still definitely worth the read.

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Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Definitely one of the best looking books I've bought in a while, hardcover with white text on black pages. Also, still really into book-length narrative poetry. This actually really seems like a collection of poems as a novella. Super interesting.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Going through a bit it a Brontë phase. Picked this one up at my local bookshop, Back in the Day Books. I have to admit, that title font looks a bit like it belongs to a death metal band.

Tianarose Gorgeous cover ! 10mo
DannyOlda @Tianarose It's by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. I'm definitely loving it too 10mo
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I usually read a classic in the morning and contemporary fiction at night, but changing things up with this one.

saresmoore I loved this book. 11mo
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