books books books!!!!!

What should I make out of these people
who tell me that my feelings for you will fade eventually
when I knew all your faults
and your darkest days
- and fell for you still?
—  // (or because of?)

He would stare at the leaves as they change color, laugh and say, “She’s not coming this year, either?” and close his eyes.

Why is it that when one is truly happy, the other isn’t?
The youkais are happy while the grandfather waits for his granddaughter.
While on the other hand his granddaughter isn’t happy when he would fondly told her about youkais…


It’s a serious bumper crop of Friday Reads for y’all today!

Our pal Kat Chow at Code Switch says she’s reading books about grief, beginning with Jesmyn Ward’s searing Men We Reaped.

Her colleague Maria Paz Gutierrez has Roberto Bolano’s epic 2666.

Big Boss Edith Chapin says it’s “always good to dive into mystery stories,” so she’s got Harlan Coben’s Home.

Mama Susan Stamberg has Marilynn Preston’s All is Well. She reports, “ I avoid self-help books as if they’re written in Greek. (If they were in French I’d at least give it a try.” But, she says, Preston is funny and wise, so worth a try.

Friend of the Desk Colin Dwyer is spending another weekend with Don Quixote. Watch out for windmills!

Critic Annalisa Quinn has Letters from Klara a charming story collection by Moomintroll creator Tove Jansson.

And Arts Editor Rose Friedman has Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark.

As for me, I’m gonna make another attempt to tackle the Giant Pile of Comics … if I’m not back on Monday, send the Mounties!

– Petra