The Happy Reader Issue No 2.
In the second issue of the seasonal magazine by Penguin Classics we’re treated to an interview with artist and rock star Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth bassist, guitarist and vocalist for those who aren’t familiar with the name) and this issue just exudes coolness. Kim is very intelligent and it comes as no surprise that as a child she read the likes Nitezsche and Jean-Paul Sartre. The interview refers to lots of books, so it’s a great issue for discovering new authors and genres and I stuck a few of the novels she mentioned on to my now ridiculously long list of books to read.
The second half of the magazine once again focused on a selected book, for those eagle eyed blog readers you may remember that I mentioned that it was ‘The Book of Tea’ by Kazuko Okakura. The idea is that you read the book before the next issue so you can come to it and hmm and ahh at the pages that are packed with wonderful insights and theories on the book. Sadly, as you may have realised I have gone through a phase of falling behind with my reading (which I am now trying to rectify in full) so I hadn’t had the pleasure to read this season’s book. Nevertheless I feel that it sounds intriguing enough to add it to the TBR jar.
Another delightful issue from the folks of Penguin Classics, however I feel that I enjoyed the last issue more as I’m more familiar with Dan Steven’s and his work. That being said it was great to learn more about the woman considered a legend by many and I also loved the additions of literary ‘snippets’ at the beginning of the issue and the letters page towards the end.
I’m looking forward to starting on the next issue which interviews the wonderful Aziz Ansari (whom I love as the hilarious Tom Haverford in Parks & Recreation) he’s also recently penned his debut novel ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation.’ So I’m really excited to learn more about him and what he loves to read. I’ll be sure to post a review when I’m finished, and who knows perhaps I’ll be able to read some of the selected books and review them at some point too.