So not new news but Eleanor & Park beat out The Lowland in one of the ToB’s opening rounds:
Rowell’s prose is simple, nothing fancy, nothing extra, yet is still pretty special as-is. It’s like running a cross-country race with someone, and you can hear their breathing, and their footsteps, and you’re with them, you’re side by side with them every step of the way, breathing that same breath. It’s all very human and connected.
I quite enjoyed this conversation between Phil Klay (author of Redeployment) and Bill Cheng (author of Southern Cross the Dog):
I’ll go through periods of writing at home, then writing in places that are distinctly not at home. Dunkin’ Donuts. Chinese bakeries. Coffee shops. Subway cars. When I was doing the last edits on the book, I was ducking in to hotel lobbies. I’ll write on my computer, on my iPad, in composition notebooks. Whatever feels right at the time. Eventually I’ll burn up whatever juice I’m getting from these different devices and venues, then move on like I’m trying to stay one step ahead of the universe or something.
“It may be that this autobiography [In the Service of the King by Aimee Semple McPherson] is set down in sincerity, frankness, and simple effort. It may be, too, that the Statue of Liberty is situated in Lake Ontario.”
I make banana bread every other month or so, but I’m always looking for that perfect recipe, and with three bananas in the freezer right now, maybe I’ll give this brown butter banana bread from Joy the Baker a try.
Ok the baby is up and it’s time to go. Have a good Thursday!