It started snowing again, almost tentatively, about noon on Friday, and came down thick and dry well into the evening, covering the brownstone rooftops I see from my window as I write this. Snow again after this terrible winter deadens the brain. Everyone walking around saying or thinking, oh, no. On, no. Still, I was invited to dinner three blocks from here and the too-soon packed away snow boots came down from the shelf and off I went.
After I finished Richard Price’s The Whites (loved it), I roamed through the stack of books on the night table and the bureau, bookshelves, and the floor of a closet. I like change of pace, so I read American, then Brit, then translation and back to American. So I was looking for a Brit, and on the floor of my closet I came across Robert Galbraith’s (we know who that is) The Cuckoo’s Calling. I thought, oh, well, let’s give it a look. I’ve read about 25 pages, and will read on.
But, I also thought I might as well set up the next translated novel, and I found Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Took it with me to read on the subway to dentist, and I was hooked. I set aside The Cuckoo.
I’d mentioned a few weeks ago that the new version of the NYTimes Magazine is unreadable, but that I would give it a little time. I’ve given it a little time, and it’s unreadable. What has happened to The New York Times? Even the book review is a bore. What would I do without The New Yorker? When I was in high school, we couldn’t wait to see if the current issue had a Salinger story. The New Yorker was the only writing course I ever took. My short stories, I think, reflect the style. Amusing note: I saw the amazing fellow Upper West Sider David Remnick on the subway a few mornings ago. He was reading the NYPost.