Tagged: 1990s

Lit rec #240: This curious, mesmerising book, a hybrid of fiction and memoir which tells the life stories of four unhappy exiles, is the work of a German writer until now almost unknown in this country. – Jonathan Coe’s review (1992)

Read a difficult book for once. With old black and white photographs thrown in. My first Sebald. THE EMIGRANTS by W. G. Sebald



Lit rec #222: “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” (1997)

Spawned a pop-cultural phenomenon, that in my mind rivals the legacy of the Sopranos. HARRY POTTER & SORCERER’S STONE by JK Rowling


Lit rec #220: In the summer of 1991, Darcy Frey — then a 29-year-old freelance writer — ventured into the Coney Island projects, looking for a story. He’d end up spending a season with Abraham Lincoln High School’s storied basketball program and meeting a quartet of marvelous, nearly doomed teenagers — including a 14-year-old phenom named Stephon Marbury. (1994)

Coney Island basketball legends, including a 12 year old Stephon Marbury. Frey followed them for years. THE LAST SHOT by Darcy Frey.



Lit rec #210: “Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.” (1994)

That well, the soldiers, the strange teenage neighbor, and of course cats! A bible of sorts. WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami



Lit rec #204: “When she packed up to leave, she knew that she was saying goodbye to something important, which was not that bad, in a way, because it meant that at least you had said hello to it to begin with…” (1998)

Esp. People Like That Are the Only People Here. And Terrific Mother. Nobody like her, really. BIRDS OF AMERICA by Lorrie Moore.



Lit rec #202: “To remember a day would take a day. To remember a year would take a year.” (1991)

Told backwards; counters on multiple levels Adorno’s adage that there cannot be art after the Holocaust. TIME’S ARROW by Martin Amis.



Lit rec #194: The one and only Mary Gaitskill. This is a great entry point into the world of her short stories (1998).

The daughterly ruminations during an eerie commute to work. Biting humor and a sense of loss. “A DREAM OF MEN” by Mary Gaitskill