What I Have Been Reading Recently – Callum
I kicked off the year by re-visiting some of my favourite poets, Oswald and Ashbery, in an attempt to begin the year with some familiarity and stability. The tradition of starting each year with a collected Diaries or Journals is now in its second year – does this qualify as a tradition? Is it really at this point just a simple recurrence? Also, what are years? All of these are questions that the year already thus far has had me pondering. I digress, last year I chose ‘Modern Nature’ by Derek Jarman, journals which showcase an enthusiasm and curiosity for life which is moreish; in it Jarman weaves history, poetry, horticulture, and cinema through personal experience and projects it all onto a small cottage on a shingle in Dungeness – my pilgrimage to which is imminent (lockdown providing). I continue to digress, this years diary is ‘Of Walking in Ice’ a much shorter journal which documents Werner Herzog’s journey on foot over two months from Munich to Paris to meet a dying friend.
That’s all for now from me. Have a browse and of course if you have any recommendations for me based off of some of the books below then drop me a line!
All books on this list
- DartAlice Oswald£10.99
- NobodyAlice Oswald£10.00
- Self-portrait in a Convex MirrorJohn Ashbery£9.95
- PoorCaleb Femi£9.99
- RamificationsDaniel Saldana Paris£9.99
- In Memory of MemoryMaria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale£14.99
- Tenth of DecemberGeorge Saunders£8.99
- Beware of PityStefan Zweig, Anthea Bell, David Pearson£8.99
- Of Walking In IceWerner Herzog£7.99