January 24, 2015, Saturday afternoon -- Reading Claudia Rankine

In the Mission District
She is reading Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric, by the Jamaican poet, Claudia Rankine.  It's a nonlinear story about death and solitude in the 21st century. It was recommended by a friend.

Her favorite author is Gabriel García Márquez. She just went on a buying spree on 24th Street and purchased Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold), by Márquez, in Spanish, which she first read in high school when it was hard for her to read Spanish.  She's looking forward to reading it again. She also bought Mi Pais Inventado (My Invented Country: A Memoir), by Isabel Allende, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays by Joan Didion.

Before this she read We the Animals, by Justin Torres, which is about family and growing up Puerto Rican in New York. She really recommends it.
This is my first blog post from San Francisco after being away from home for a month. It feels great to be in crisp sunny weather, walking around the neighborhood, grocery shopping, and photographing readers.