May 21, 2015, Thursday morning -- Reading Raymond Carver

At Sequoia National Park
He is reading a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver. A friend of his from college, in Boston, where he is studying funk and groove drumming, is from the same town Raymond Carver is from -- Catskanie, Oregon -- so he decided to read this.

The night before he was sitting on the bear bin reading a book his sister brought along about why Star Wars is so popular. He was reading it because he finds that he can't read too many short stories in a row.

One of his favorite books is Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon, though he admitted that he wasn't "fully present" through all of it. (A few years ago I interviewed a reader whose page-by-page illustration of Gravity's Rainbow was shown at the Whitney. Here's the post.)  He likes Pynchon's other books, too, like The Crying of Lot 49, which he read in High School. Something good he read recently was House of Leaves, a horror/love story, by Mark Danielewski.