nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
Put together this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake today (from the Washington Post). Followed the instructions except for sifting the flour and spices together -- just took it out of the oven and it smells delicious. :D

We must have an opossum in residence close by -- Layla treed a youngster both last night and this morning in the backyard, scaring the bejeebers out of the little guy both times.

Currently reading Jay McInerney's The Good Life, sequel to Brightness Falls and the middle book in his "New York trilogy" (I've noticed some people calling it his "Yuppie trilogy," heh). It's a good read, but omg these characters do not talk like normal people talk. Before this I read Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I had read it once, years and years ago, but I heard Gaiman had restored something like 12K words to a new edition. It was interesting to see how the book did or did not follow the first season of the TV show, and how a few scenes had been transferred to TV virtually unchanged. I enjoyed it a lot -- two thumbs up, would recommend.
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It started raining last night at around 10:30 or 11, and basically didn't stop until about 40 minutes ago. So that's a good soaking that we really needed.

Finished reading the Steven Jobs biography last night and thought it was terrific, although at times it was genuinely painful when Isaacson would talk about Jobs' acts of selfishness and all-around general assholery. I mean, the man screwed his friends and colleagues out of bonus money and stock options. He treated people like dirt. He parked his Mercedes in handicapped-parking spaces (sometimes he would angle it in so it blocked two spaces) (I am not making this up). AND YET. He was a creative genius. He changed the way we use computers, the way we make phone calls, the way we listen to music. (I'm using the general we here; I don't own any Apple products.) He was a genius, and yet he could be such a shit human being. (Aside: I have Isaacson's bio of Benjamin Franklin on my to-read shelf; I suppose I'll get to that sooner rather than later.)

Also last night was the 10th (and final?) episode of The Young Pope. I've watched all 10, and for me, they were 10 of the best hours of TV I've seen in a long time. I loved this series -- its moments of surreality, its dream-like atmosphere, the beautiful cinematography, the very human protagonists. Two of the episodes (Nine and Ten) reminded me of Magnolia and the way that movie treated the stories of secondary characters. Kudos to The Young Pope, and especially to Jude Law, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, and, I suppose most of all, to Paolo Sorrentino, the writer/director/creator of this dazzling show. If it was available on a U.S.-compatible DVD set, I would buy it right now.

And I guess that's all I've got. :-)
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Books read in 2012
Books read in 2013
Books read in 2014
Books read in 2015
Books read in 2016


The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, David Jaher
Moonglow, Michael Chabon
Iron Towns, Anthony Cartwright
Hitler: Ascent, 1889 - 1939, Volker Ullrich
Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
Wake, Anna Hope
The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918, Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Visible Filth, Nathan Ballingrud
All Things Cease to Appear, Elizabeth Brundage
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard
Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Lydia Millet
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, David Halberstam
The Blizzard Voices: Poems, Ted Kooser
Swing Time, Zadie Smith
A Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance, and a Family's Secrets, Eunice Lipton
The Idiot, Elif Batuman
The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson
All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
My War Gone By, I Miss It So, Anthony Loyd
White Tears, Hari Kunzru
Brightness Falls, Jay McInerney
Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity, Neal Gabler
The Sunlight Pilgrims, Jenni Fagan
Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived, Penelope Lively
The Astaires: Fred & Adele, Kathleen Riley
The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge
Disappearance at Devil's Rock, Paul Tremblay
Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, an Autobiography, J.G. Ballard
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
Deaths of the Poets, Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts
See You in the Cosmos, Jack Cheng
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, Erik Larson
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 - 2002, David Sedaris
News of the World, Paulette Jiles
Alligator Candy: A Memoir, David Kushner
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
The Good Life, Jay McInerney
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Books read in 2012
Books read in 2013
Books read in 2014
Books read in 2015


The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, Michael Punke
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941 - 1942, Ian W. Toll
My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, Ellen Cassedy
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir, Chris Offutt
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, R.A. Dick
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic, Tom Holland
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story, Clive Barker
Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848 - 1877, Brenda Wineapple
The Dig, John Preston
Dodgers, Bill Beverly
Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay
The Fireman, Joe Hill
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, Boris Fishman
A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
North American Lake Monsters: Stories, Nathan Ballingrud
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936 - 1939, Adam Hochschild
Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt
Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour, Richard Zacks
Between Two Fires, Christopher Buehlman
LaRose, Louise Erdrich
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Willnot, James Sallis
The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War, Peter Englund
Zero K, Don DeLillo
Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman
Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay
Uprooted, Naomi Novik
Stranger Things Happen, Kelly Link
Old Man's War, John Scalzi
Cloudstreet, Tim Winton
Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Ruth Franklin
Entry Island, Peter May
The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, Laura Thompson
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War, Raghu Karnad
The Mark and the Void, Paul Murray
In the New World: Growing Up with America from the Sixties to the Eighties, Lawrence Wright
The Fisherman, John Langan
nightdog_barks: (Reading Girl)
Books read in 2012


The Round House, Louise Erdrich
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, Timothy Egan
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
A Moment in the Sun, John Sayles
Redshirts, John Scalzi
The Blackhouse, Peter May
Ur, Stephen King
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks
Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy, Stewart O'Nan
Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head, Jen Larsen
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Glenn Frankel
In Search Of and Others, Will Ludwigsen
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
Remember Ben Clayton, Stephen Harrigan
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, Mitchell Zuckoff
The Mirage, Matt Ruff
NOS4A2, Joe Hill
The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng
Joyland, Stephen King
Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir, Hilary Mantel
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Son, Philipp Meyer
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, Douglas Smith
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
Inverted World, Christopher Priest
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, Howard Norman
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors, Peter Ackroyd
The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune, 1870-71, Alistair Horne
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story, Michael Hainey
The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916, Alistair Horne
Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt
Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
20th Century Ghosts, Joe Hill
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Jeff Guinn
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, James M. McPherson
Horns, Joe Hill
Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith
The Good House, Ann Leary
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, David Nasaw
Mary Coin, Marisa Silver
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Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, Charles King
A Journey to the End of the Russian Empire, Anton Chekhov
Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador, John Gimlette
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, Wade Davis
Blackout, Connie Willis
All Clear, Connie Willis
At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels Through Paraguay, John Gimlette
Fieldwork: A Novel, Mischa Berlinski
Among Others, Jo Walton
Eva Moves the Furniture, Margot Livesey
Mr. Timothy, Louis Bayard
Witches on the Road Tonight, Sheri Holman
Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry, Donald Hall
Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, Max Hastings
Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru
The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
Panther Soup: Travels Through Europe in War and Peace, John Gimlette
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York, Richard Zacks
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, Tony Horwitz
House of Exile: The Lives and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann, Evelyn Juer
Collected Poems, Jack Gilbert
Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography, Selina Hastings
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Farthing, Jo Walton
Lucky in the Corner, Carol Anshaw
The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography, Stephen Fry
Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
Barney's Version, Mordecai Richler
Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
Canada, Richard Ford
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable
Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke
So Cold the River, Michael Koryta
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830 - 1890, Peter Pagnamenta
The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock
Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
Sutton, J.R. Moehringer
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Rebecca Solnit
Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge, John Gimlette
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power, Robert Caro
Carry the One, Carol Anshaw
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
San Miguel, T.C. Boyle
The City & The City, China Miéville


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