Louise Erdrich - Sunday, July 12, 2009
I have trouble writing this blog post because I take it all so seriously. I still write by hand in art paper notebooks, and am thinking of getting out my old typewriter because I miss typed manuscripts. Then again . . . I am also thinking of writing a whole book on birchbark with my teeth. I do have news of a terrific read. If you like Borges, Saramago, Kafka, Angela Carter, or writers born in Brno in 1914, who died in Prague in 1987, if you liked Bohumil Hrabal's Closely Watched Trains, or if you have never heard of Hrabal and you love books -- this is your book.
Too Loud a Solitude, by Bohumil Hrabal. I read it a month ago. Then I read it again last night. Maybe I'll read it again today. The book is about a man whose job is crushing books. It is a book about loving books and destroying books, about love and destruction, the crushing of ideas, the drinking of beer. It is not a long book, but you will read it again and again. It is a perfect book, I think.
Besides reading this one book again and again, I've been reading newspapers. I have been reading lots of newspapers with the awful feeling that the wonderful feel of print under my fingers, the dry snap as you unfold a newspaper, the paging back and forth, the tactile reality of the newspaper, is going to vanish. So I've suddenly subscribed to several newspapers that I casually picked up every other day at the grocery store. And all I give people for birthdays now is newspaper subscriptions. I am doing this not only for the integrity of the news and the selfish feeling of joy I get when unfolding a newspaper, but for the many people I know who rely on completing the puzzles on newspaper pages -- for the lovely Finnish-American-Upper Peninsula Geology Professor I met on the airplane. He was in his late eighties and had a folded crossword puzzle in his hand. He was stuck but did not want me to brainstorm on an answer. He enjoyed looking at his puzzle last thing before he went to sleep, and waking with the answer. His was too loud a solitude, and puzzles are a friendly noise.
Buy a newspaper today. Or Too Loud A Solitude.
- Throbbing Fangs, Tattoos, Unbearable Relief
- Texamachismo: The Son and The Boy Kings of Texas
- Birthday Post & Daylight Savings Recommended Reading
- Happy Winter
- Back to Real
- National Book Awards
- Congratulations, Louise! Winner of the 2012 National Book Award in Fiction for The Round House
- The Round House (and Book Tour)
- Nero: A Preview
Too Loud A Solitude sweden The Transition Handbook Remarkable Trees Native People Roberto Bolano The Birchbark House Crushing Books pilgrims Chickadee Master Butchers Singing Club Milkweed Press favorite tree President Obama joy Aubrey/Maturin Brown Dog leaves and snow Anishinabemowin Up Late Again E.L. Doctorow the most romantic city in the world favorite dog Bleak House peculiar touches of green and gold More Remarkable Trees This Green World State Troopers language revitalization Stephen Salisbury neighborhood buffalo ependent Nero customers Green Team ireland bill mckibben Ha Jin Keystone XL twins 2666 The Wealth of Nature Video Aza Michael Jackson The Blue Sky green boarding school Philip Roth Anishinabe Nemesis National Book Award School Gardens Poetry coyote Peak Water friends Minnesota Bill Moyers Journal gardens Alice Munro Ojibwe solstice, Thomas King Book Review Gryphon Press graphix fresh water 350.org The Royal Prussian Library Vic Glover plants H2Oil Dogs Unnatural Disasters Wolf Hall local economy Chitra Divakaruni Interview Let's Take the Long Way Home The Round House Mohamed's Ghosts Czech Writer mississippi cafe Gary Clement adventure thank you friends monkey in a dryer Women and Trees Small Bookstores as Commons Too Much Happiness Light in August thanks france Dartmouth Hilary Mantel Tree Houses Kenwood Gardens germany tree books knowledge Climate Change Beth Dooley Peak Oil Keepers of the Trees italy Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Love The Farmer's Daughter Fireworks Pembina show your love Mankato Powwow Easter Island NACDI:All My Relations incarnation north dakota Wastepaper The Ojibwe The Game of Silence Emily Johnson Guthrie Theater British Navy how good looking you are devoted customers anniversary photography Catalyst Patrick O'Brian birchbark house series japan Bohumil Hrabal china William Trevor Botany Minneapolis The Porcupine Year post holiday Zombies The Resilient Gardener Empire of the Summer Moon health care reform Kate DiCamillo Native Arts spring book and dinner club Louise support Gail Caldwell Jim Harrison Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive S.C. Gwynne Collective Denial Tar Sands Anton Treuer Canada city of books aquifer World on the Edge Greenland Victory Gardens Ice Ojibwemowin Wendy Makoons Geniusz cafe closing Rare Books favorite book Magers and Quinn Makoons post holiday reads ependent Birchbark Books