Recent readings/rereadings include the aforementioned Maggie Doherty’s The Equivalents, which was excellent. It makes a fine pairing too with Square Haunting, by Francesca Wade, which I read last year. Group bios about unfairly neglected women in the arts help set the record straight and expand our horizons in the bargain.
Just finished The Lamplighters, by Emma Stonex, a very fine and subtle story about lighthouses, the men who once kept them running, and their families. Beautiful prose about loss, loneliness, and a sea of mysteries keep the reader engaged until the end. I also reread Italo Calvino’s metafictional masterclass, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, which I enjoyed, but not quite as much as on a first reading some centuries ago. I think as I’ve aged, I’ve lost a bit of the patience necessary to ride the tiger of stories within stories within stories about stories, and so on. Still, glad I reread it.
Below are some of my most recent paintings: