What I'm reading (& overhearing)

February 9, 2015

* Animal Wise: The thoughts and emotions of our fellow creatures, Virginia Morell. Covers research on animal cognition & feelings, with all sorts of surprising findings: that rats giggle when they're tickled, that ants teach other ants.

* Crusoe's Daughter, Jane Gardam. I can't begin to say how good this book is. Beautifully written, surprising, shocking even. She is best known for Old Filth ("failed in London try Hong Kong").

* A George Pelecanos or 2 to clear my head between more demanding fare.

* Books about Barcelona, where I'm headed in a couple of months. With the intention of getting around, a little, in Catalan. The troubadors' language!

Also, I walked past someone saying, "The problem was, that guy gave me hope."


  1. February 10, 2015 10:41 AM EST
    you got me intrigued, great list (a poem really) and I love barthelona though I haven't been there in many decades, hope it's still as vital and inspiring...the Gaudi church and building(s) always are...
    - lally
  2. February 10, 2015 10:47 AM EST
    I've never been there but am reading some Troubador poets to get in the mood, that Paul Blackburn collection. I wish it were dual-language so I could walk around spouting medieval provençal -- E
  3. February 13, 2015 4:07 PM EST
    that'd be something to encounter on the promenade...
    - lally