When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek.
I heard Nick read at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference this week and
it blew me away. His debut novel is about life on Loyalty Island, a town
reliant on the crabbing industry, and it’s strung through with his
father’s stories about Captain Flint—of Treasure Island—back when he was still a good guy. He did a cool Tumblr thing
to promote it, too. Dybek’s got an amazing voice, and I’m a sucker
for stories about poor little waterfront communities. I’ve only just
begun but it reels you in (haha!).
Pride and Prejudice because I never read it, or any
Austen at all, fuck you I’m not ashamed. It’s pretty good, y’all. People
are dancing or not dancing, so far, pretty much.
Tour books about Istanbul, because I’m about to kinda move there? I’m nervous.
Reading some Brigit Kelly because a friend recommended her. You know
how sometimes you read a poem and you realize you read it first many
years ago and now it’s a different poem? Listen: there was a goat’s head hanging by ropes in a tree. / All night it hung there and sang.