August 24, 2016, Wednesday afternoon -- Reading Maggie Nelson

In the Mission District on a sunny afternoon, until Karl the fog creeps over the hill....
She is on vacation here, from Austria, and is reading The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson, in English -- not her native language. Is it difficult? I asked and she said yes, but still called it pleasure reading.

She's taking a break from reading sociology texts in German for a Ph.D.  Her dissertation is about inequality in education in Europe.

While on vacation she first she tried reading Middlesex, but a friend recommended this -- an award-winning memoir of essays about being queer, non-binary, and starting a family -- and now she's almost finished and is ready to declare it her favorite book.