Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

RUTHLESS NOSTALGIA

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Dear Friends and Book Lovers of the World and the Twin Cities in particular,

Thank you for your visits all through the summer.  I didn't visit this blog because this is Minnesota.  Who can bear to sit inside and write when this brief, golden, breathlessly hot, high pressure perfect, time is upon us?  Niibin.  The word for summer in Ojibwe.  No blogging in Niibin.  But now it is the first of September and things get serious.  The school bell rings across from Birchbark Books and there is the periodic hysterical joy of recess sounds.  There is a new garden placed beside the lunch room, right across from us.  There are books to be read.

Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge by Vic Glover gave me heart one day, and indelible images.  A book filled with everyday wisdom, gentle survival humor, and practical advice for those who wonder what it is like to be in Indian.  

Let's Take the Long Way Home, a memoir of friendship by Gail Caldwell, is (disclosure) by my friend Gail Caldwell.   For anyone who has ever lost another precious human, and that includes all of us, this is a map of grief and joy you'll hold to your heart.  For anyone who has struggled with addiction or likes dogs, and that includes many of us, this is a map of terror and hope .

I've resisted reading Roberto Bolano's 2666 and now I cannot stop.  It is like entering a strange and compelling dream.

I have just picked up Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne.  It is a promising read.

I also have the advanced readers copy of Philip Roth's Nemesis, which I think is one of his best books.  The ending says all there is to say about the arc and beauty of our mortality.

For me the end of August and its long light is a time of relentless nostalgia  -- Faulker knew about this light.  I am watching the sun creep behind the still green leaves, lighting them fiercely from behind so they glow.  Unearthly.  Gorgeous.  Mundane.






Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

green Birchbark Books city of books Canada italy National Book Award Kabul Stephen Salisbury NACDI:All My Relations Native People Interview favorite book Kenwood Gardens thank you friends Roberto Bolano Botany Minneapolis france Light in August Ice Pembina British Navy Ha Jin Ojibwemowin Czech Writer Brown Dog support cafe Greenland Aubrey/Maturin Small Bookstores as Commons Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Mankato Powwow favorite dog World on the Edge post holiday reads ependent Magers and Quinn Nemesis Philip Roth joy local economy Women and Trees language revitalization spring Chitra Divakaruni show your love More Remarkable Trees Patrick O'Brian Chickadee Rare Books Aza Too Much Happiness graphix Population adventure post holiday thanks Poetry Too Loud A Solitude Nero Ojibwe Catalyst School Gardens fresh water Remarkable Trees Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive E.L. Doctorow Book Review Milkweed Press Wastepaper The Wealth of Nature S.C. Gwynne cafe closing favorite tree Gary Clement devoted customers Collective Denial Gryphon Press Anishinabemowin ireland Hillary Clinton Mohamed's Ghosts The Blue Sky gardens Love 350.org Native Arts Anishinabe Dartmouth Bleak House how good looking you are tree books photography leaves and snow Gail Caldwell Keepers of the Trees Islam Alice Munro japan the most romantic city in the world Wolf Hall Vic Glover The Game of Silence The Royal Prussian Library pilgrims Jim Harrison Michael Jackson Bohumil Hrabal Unnatural Disasters Louise Makoons book and dinner club Tar Sands Green Team The Ojibwe coyote Hilary Mantel euphoria bill mckibben The Transition Handbook This Green World William Trevor ptsd gratitude peculiar touches of green and gold The Porcupine Year monkey in a dryer The Resilient Gardener Fireworks twins Empire of the Summer Moon china incarnation Victory Gardens knowledge The Farmer's Daughter Easter Island Alan Weisman Dogs H2Oil Keystone XL north dakota Climate Change Education mississippi Anton Treuer State Troopers plants boarding school Let's Take the Long Way Home Bill Moyers Journal friends Emily Johnson buffalo Afghanistan Wendy Makoons Geniusz sweden birchbark house series aquifer trees Beth Dooley Zombies Minnesota health care reform solstice, Thomas King customers Peak Oil Video President Obama germany Crushing Books anniversary Peak Water 2666 Tree Houses Up Late Again The Birchbark House Kate DiCamillo neighborhood

Archive