2 min read

Book report for June 2024

Letter No. 88: Includes long walks, pinot noir, spying, and lots of creative process.
Book report for June 2024

A very good month as a reader. Dr Essai would recommend every book he finished last month. Should you follow a link to purchase a volume from Bookshop.org, your correspondent receives a few bucks as a kickback. All perfectly legal, you understand. Thank you for reading.

  • The Work of Art, Adam Moss. If you are fascinated by creative process, this is the book for you. Moss sat with 43 artists of all kinds and got them to revisit the process of creating individual works. A feast, if you like that sort of thing.
  • Family Record, Patrick Modiano. A memoir, probably with some latitude for invention, by the Nobelist. Modiano writes with enormous skill and his sheer literary quality makes this slender volume a book to savor. Do not rush through it.
  • The Grail, Brian Doyle. The late Oregon writer’s exuberant account of a year spent hanging around a vineyard that made great pinot noir. Much influenced by John McPhee, one suspects. Brian, a friend of mine, was always word-drunk and part of the pleasure here is his love of language.
In progress
  • James, Percival Everett
  • The Best American Essays 2002, Stephen Jay Gould (ed.)
  • Martin Marten, Brian Doyle
  • The Grail, Brian Doyle
  • The Solitudes, John Crowley
  • Do/Photo, Andrew Paynter
  • Three Scientists and Their Gods, Robert Wright