June 17, 2018, Sunday afternoon - Reading Alain Naze

At Dolores Park on a sunny day
He is reading Manifeste contre la normalisation gay, by Alain Naze. In English the French translates into The manifesto against gay normalization.   Here's an author interview I found about the book from lundi.am. The article was more philosophical than I'm used to reading, but I think, in summary, Alain Naze says that the de-criminalization of same-sex relations is positive, but that trying to fit into heterosexual norms like marriage is limiting, shows a lack of inventiveness, and should not be an absolute goal. 

He mostly reads philosophy. His favorite author is French philosopher, Michel Foucalt.


June 6, 2018, Wednesday afternoon -- Reading Roald Dahl

In the Mission District
She is reading, or re-reading, The Witches, by Roald Dahl. It's summer and she's getting in touch with her inner child again. Her favorite book is Holes, by Louis Sachar, another young adult novel. She read it as a kid and loved how it's darker than expected. Dark kid books, she said, help kids get ready for life.


I have missed posting readers lately. Life has just been busy. I'll start again soon, hopefully next week.
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November 11, 2017, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Henry Kimsey-House,‎ Karen Kimsey-House,‎ Phillip Sandahl,‎ and Laura Whitworth

In the Mission District, in a quiet corner during open studios, a yearly art event in which artists open their doors to the public to visit their studios, see their art, and drink their wine.
She is reading Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives, by Henry Kimsey-House,‎ Karen Kimsey-House,‎ Phillip Sandahl,‎ and Laura Whitworth. She is in the process of becoming a life coach.

She is a poet, as well, and her favorite author is the poet, Yesika Salgado. She had admired her from afar and now has monthly Facetime wrting-coaching sessions with her. Salgado recently published a book of poetry is called Corazón.

Another favorite book of hers is Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, selections from an advice column written for the literary website, The Rumpus, by Cheryl Strayed. She likes the honesty in the advice.


October 25, 2017, Wednesday morning -- Reading David Neiwert

Reading while walking down the street in the Mission District
She is reading Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, by David Neiwert. She is working on a master's degree in anthrozoology -- the study of humanity's relationships with other species.

Other good books she's read for her program are Being a Dog and Inside of a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz.


October 24, 2017, Tuesday afternoon -- Reading Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey

In Dolores Park
He is reading Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles, by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey. He's a Beatles fan and borrowed it from friends.

Something else good he read recently was Tenth of December, a book of short stories by George Saunders.


October 15, 2017, Sunday evening -- Reading Neil Gaiman

On Potrero Hill
He is reading American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. He got it at the bookstore across the street from where he's sitting. He said it's a change from what he usually reads, which is science related or, lately, philosophy books for school. Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell was the last non-school book he's read.


October 2, 2017, Monday morning -- Reading Luís Alberto Urrea

In the Financial District
She is reading The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luís Alberto Urrea. She found this book, and most of the books she reads, at thrift stores and pays about 50 cents. So far, she said, it's worked out great.

A couple of her favorite authors are Carlos Castaneda and DH Lawrence. 

She told me that I looked like a hippie (maybe it was my new black sunhat) and we started talking about it being the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. She said she was there, in the Haight Ashbury in 1967, listening to Joan Baez.


September 30, 2017, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Eve Babitz

In the Mission District
She is reading Eve's Hollywood, by Eve Babitz. It's a collection of short stories about a single woman in her 20's living in Southern California and New York. The stories written in the 70's, but was published recently.

Her favorite book is the Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck.


September 27, 2017, Wednesday evening -- Reading Rachel Cusk

While working at a bookstore on Potrero Hill
She is reading Outline, by Rachel Cusk. She wasn't actually reading it when I walked into the shop, but I saw a book sitting next to her and asked if she would be reading it when I left, and she explained that the book I'd pointed at, The Dinner, by Herman Koch, she was just previewing for her mother, to see if it would be good for her to read on vacation (still undecided), and that the book she was really reading was the one next to it, this one, Outline, by Rachel Cusk, which is about a woman teaching writing in Greece.

Her favorite book is Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. She's read it 4 times. She likes that it's situated between different genres. It was one of the first Science Fiction books, and is also a bildungsroman and a gothic ghost story. She also likes the story behind how it was written and that it was written by an 18 year old woman. 


September 19, 2017, Tuesday morning -- Reading Ian Morris

Waiting for the train
She is reading Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve, by Ian Morris. It's for a class she's taking. I wish I had written down how she described the book. Of all the readers I've ever interviewed for this blog, she gave me one of the clearest, most thoughtful summaries.

Her favorite book is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. She loves the story and how anyone can relate to it. Another one of her favorite books is The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, because it makes her want to live every day to the fullest.


July 21, 2017, Friday afternoon -- Reading author unknown

At the Legion of Honor
In a painting by Robert Feke (1707-1752), done in 1748, Mrs. Charles Apthorp (Grizzell Eastwick Apthorp) reads a book by an unknown author.
If your eyes are better than mine, comment or email me if you can make out the writing on the page.
*****A reader wrote me to say that it appears she is reading Paradise Lost. Thank you!


September 7, 2017 Thursday afternoon -- Reading Will Eisner

In the Financial District on a balmy morning (70 degrees after a light rain), the kind of weather that makes me feel like you're on vacation even when I'm not.
She is reading The Name of the Game, a graphic novel by Will Eisner.  She finds graphic novels easier to re-enter and continue the story than traditional novels. She also loves superheroes and recently read a graphic novel about Batman.


August 27, 2017, Sunday evening -- Reading Al Franken

At a coffee shop in the Mission District
He is reading Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken. Earlier this month he saw Al Franken speak at the Nourse Theater, as part of City Arts and Lectures and got the book.

His favorite author is the ancient Greek poet, Sappho. 

Something good he read recently was Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay.


August 14, 2017, Monday evening -- Reading Christopher Moore

Next to a mural by Jon Weiss and Precita Eyes muralists
He is reading The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, by Christopher Moore. He got it for his birthday.

His favorite book is Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn. Whenever he sees it at a thrift store he buys it, reads it, and gives it to a friend. Another favorite author of his is Mark Z. Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves.


August 6, 2017, Sunday morning -- Reading Victor E. Frankl

Walking down a quiet street in the Mission District
He is reading Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor E. Frankl. The author describes his time in four different Nazi concentration camps, what it takes to survive, cope, and find meaning.

He enjoys reading books about psychology and plans on getting a Ph.D. in the subject. His favorite book is Discourses, which is the recorded teachings of the Greek philosopher, Epictetus, who was born around 50 A.D.


July 22, 2017, Saturday afternoon -- Reading a Chinese author

At a laundromat not far from San Francisco State University
I hadn't been in this neighborhood for a while because I no longer work at SFSU. Walking through the streets, I realized I missed how quiet and peaceful this part of town is.
He is reading a book written in Chinese. I asked him what the title was and he said that it would be difficult to translate it into English. I asked him what it was about and he said he didn't know yet. If anyone reading this blog speaks Chinese, and has read this book, maybe you could comment.

He doesn't have a favorite Chinese book, but his favorite books in English are the Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling. He read them when he first started reading in English. Lately, though, when he reads in English he reads about finance or psychology. In psychology he recently read a book about how to understand body language.


July 16, 2017, Sunday afternoon -- Reading Gary A. Haugen and Gregg Hunter

Near the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest, at Flower Piano, an event where pianos are scattered around the botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park and you can read while being accompanied by music
She is reading Terrify No More:Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win Their Freedom, by Gary A. Haugen, with Gregg Hunter.

We didn't talk to her for long because I was with my siblings, but I did ask her about her favorite book or author. She said there were so many, but that East of Eden, by John Steinbeck was one of them.


July 11, 2017, Tuesday afternoon -- Reading Annie Barrows

In the Mission District on a sunny afternoon

He is reading Nothing, a young adult novel by Annie Barrows. He found it in the free bin at Adobe Books, along with The Gospel According to Peanuts, (as in the cartoon by Charles Schulz) by Robert Short. Something he read good recently was The Waters of Eternal Youth, about an Italian police officer, by Donna Leon.


June 24, 2017, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Adam Grant

In the Mission District
She is reading Give and Take, by Adam Grant. She met another author who had co-written a book with him and learned about this book that way. It's about being a giver, and how you might think that givers have less, but they have more.

From a young age she has loved stories by Paullina Simons. She also liked I For Isobel, by Amy Witting, an Australian author. In general, she likes books that tell stories and also make a point of how to be better in life.

Another author she likes is Sydney Sheldon.

In High School she loved Shakespeare.

She's writing a book proposal right now about how to be an entrepreneur. Apparently women own about the same number of businesses as men, but make far less money as men who own businesses. One of the reasons why is that more women than men don't have the money to hire a consultant. The book she wants to write will give advice that a consultant would be able to give, leveling out the playing field.

She has her own business. They make accessories out of recycled fish leather, leftover from the food industry.