jonathan messinger

Although I believe my 2013 end of year record list is floating amongst the internet someplace or another, I had a recent suggestion to compile a completed book list as well.  This combined with often requests for reading recommendations, I went back and took a look at what I went through this year.  Seeing as I didn’t keep an accurate list, I know I’m missing a few borrowed reads from friends, and some of these might have been in the fall/winter 2012, too.  It’s hard to recall.  Nevertheless, have a look and indulge yourself in some quality book reading.

The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas

The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky *

Post Office - Charles Bukowski *

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

By A Slow River - Philippe Claudel *

Hack - Dmitry Samarov

The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis *

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida

Hiding Out - Jonathan Messinger

We All Sleep in the Same Room - Paul Rome

Devils - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Imperial Bedrooms - Bret Easton Ellis

The Investigation - Philippe Claudel

Mo’ Meta Blues - Questlove

Ape and Essence - Aldous Huxley

Childhood, Boyhood, Truth - Leo Tolstoy

And the Ass Saw the Angel - Nick Cave

The Enchanter - Vladimir Nabokov

Glory - Vladimir Nabokov

Coming Up for Air - George Orwell

The Death of Bunny Munro - Nick Cave *

Piano Rats - Franki Elliot

On Booze - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

The Cost of Living - Rob Roberge

Everything Flows - James Greer

What is the What - Dave Eggers

It Chooses You - Miranda July

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

The Rebel - Albert Camus *

The Wall - Jean-Paul Sartre *

* - Reread

(Christchurch, NZ)


Photos my son has taken of bees

My son turned four at 1:13 this morning. To say that I am proud of him in a thousand different ways would be the underestimation of the century. But one of the interesting things that has impressed me lately is his fascination with bees. He’s always been entertained by bugs, but what’s surprising is the interest that’s intensified in the last month.

About six weeks ago, while playing with some buds on the backyard, he was stung by a bee. He cried, though recovered quickly, despite the swelling (happily, he’s not allergic). Afterwards, we talked about pollination, and how bees help plants and flowers. He liked the idea, and forgave the sting.

Now when we pass by our flowers, he yells, “Daddy, the bees are pollinating!” and asks to take a picture. These are his bee portraits. Happy birthday, buddy. Your mom, the bees and I are all lucky to have you.