What I’m Reading

Because I am, at times, over productive, I have a habit of starting multiple books around the same time.

Also, hello. I know it’s been a while. I’ve been trying to rearrange my online life, simplifying it, and looking forward. I have a few projects I am working on currently and I will hopefully be able to rightfully put details on those here very soon.

Back to the main point:

Right now, I am in the middle of reading four books. Here they are, with a few thoughts on each. (Note: Titles contain links for purchase.)


POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
by CARRIE FISHER

This is the seco71Neb5zSH7Lnd book I’ve read by Fisher. Her passing inspired me to look into her writing and I have many regrets about not discovering her prose sooner. The first was Wishful Drinking, a memoir based on the one-woman show she wrote and performed in 2008. I loved it.

Postcards from the Edge is a very intriguing read. It delves deep into the lives of Hollywood drug and society addicts. I am about halfway through and I am such a fan of Fisher’s writing; her tone and precision ignite a light into every character. It really is a think piece about society and the various ways we lie to ourselves.

 


THE DISASTER ARTIST:
MY LIFE INSIDE THE ROOM, THE GREATEST BAD MOVIE EVER MADE

by GREG SESTERO & TOM BISSELL

It’s taken me a while to read this book but, honestly, I do not mind the passing time. This book is so enjoyable, I don’t want it to end. If you haven’t seen the room, I highly advise you do. Either watch it alone or watch it with people who know how to have a good laugh, a good, sardonic cry… just watch it.

Or read this book. But then see the film. I’m not sure which is better… or worse.

Anyway. The Disaster Artist follows Greg Sestero, one of the stars of Tommy Wiseau’s cult monstrosity The Room (2003). This book is absolutely hilarious but also has a lot of heart. There are times where I had to dry my eyes, which is saying something. Perhaps it is the subject matter mixed with Sestero’s sarcastic and uplifting tone. You can tell this experience had a profound effect on him and I am thankful that he shared it with the world.


INTO THE WATER
by PAULA HAWKINS

I really loved The Girl on the Train. But I am not a brainless fool who thinks that an author’s first novel should be compared to their second. Or third. Or how many others we, as readers, are given. Into the Water: A Novel by [Hawkins, Paula]

That being said. I love Into The Water. It has depth (ha) and it is truly a mysterious tale. Set in the fictional, wooded town of Beckford, ITW tells the story of… a lot of very troubled, interesting people. At the forefront, we have a family marked by tragedy. However, it is the town’s connection to the tragedy which makes this novel tick. So far, I have counted almost ten characters that are equally important to the plot. I really love reading about all of them.

Hawkins (one of my favorite writers from reading only one book) transports you into the dreary history of Beckford. This is a story riddled with secrets, violence, and prejudice. Definitely read it. Also read The Girl on the Train because the film… isn’t the book.

Sidenote: The cover for the novel is absolutely beautiful.


THE CIRCLE
by DAVE EGGERS

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The most recent of the books I’ve started and, honestly one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. It follows Mae Holland, a new employee at The Circle, the social media/marketing/finance corporation to end all social media/marketing/finance corporations.

This is a highly detailed book. Starting on Mae’s first day at The Circle, the novel tells of society’s place in time as well. Many of the issues covered are relevant today, four years after the novel’s publication (2013). At times, this novel gives me chills. When Mae experiences a technology that I currently use… that wasn’t a thing in 2013… it is spooky, considering the circumstances and eventual outcome of this novel (which I have a prediction about but I’m probably, hopefully wrong).

One level social commentary, another thriller, another a story for the millennial working class, another on the state of technology and its relationship to politics…

This is a story that asks the modern reader, “How much is too much?”


So, I read a lot. Maybe too much – at the same time. However, I find it easier to focus on the stories as I cycle through them. I do have to stop myself from adding books to the already growing list but alas… the fun never ends.

I hope you check out some of these books, if not all of them. I recommend them all equally and I hope I clearly outlined my favorite aspects of each.

More updates soon.

E

Minding of the Soul, a poem for #Orlando

A country,
United as one,
Even with the pain
Of tragedy
On the minds of every individual.
There is no escaping the wrath,
For even children,
Blind to these atrocities,
Will one day learn of them.
Violence,
This hate we know,
Rebounds and reverberates,
Through these harrowed events
We will one day call History.
The mind is a cruel weapon,
Perhaps one of the cruelest,
For out of metal comes action,
And from hate,
The urge to take a soul,
As victim.
We are united as one,
But the sun I see today
Is one that many now cannot.
Today I fear the future
And try to understand the past,
The past that is only twelve hours old.
We grasp the fear,
And try to analyze the pain,
And then hold close
The thoughts of yesterday.

#Orlando

New Writing Project: 5 Poems a Day for A Week

Good evening, readers.

I am starting a writing project that is based in my love of poetry and of documenting human experiences. I honestly conceived the idea and started to write for it yesterday, but I am ready to publish the first set of poems.

I want to document a week in my life through poetry. I will write it when I feel inspired but I will write five poems every day. Some of them  I will write in the moment, some of them I will write in hindsight of certain events.

I want to call this writing ‘experiential poetry,’ because it will focus on my impressions of my surroundings, my thoughts, and emotions at the time I come up with ideas to write. This is a little look into my mind and I hope to convey my experience as a writer in 2016.

I will be posting them when I feel they are complete, but always within 24 hours of the last day. I would try to post them at a certain time every night, but my life continues past 8 and sometimes past 9.

I am going to pair poems from Day 1 (April 29, 2016) with the set I have for today. Double feature, if you will.

I will post those in the morning.

Thank you and I hope this interests you,

Erik