Currently reading, or recently read:
J. M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year (2007). Coetzee continues his eccentric exploration of authority and identity in the novel.
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer (1962). “The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.”
Alastair Dingwall, ed., Traveller’s Literary Companion to Southeast Asia (1994). “For the Western visitor to Southeast Asia, the perceptive comments of observers such as Isabella Bird, Anton Chekhov, and Marguerite Duras often help to articulate feelings that we feel but cannot always express.”
John Heilpern, John Osborne: The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man (2007). Bio of the British playwright, just out in paper.
Czeslaw Milosz, ed., Postwar Polish Poetry (revised ed. 1983). CM translated 25 Polish poets and provided lovely one-paragraph summaries of each (”his imagination is not urban”).