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Diane Chonette (Art Director, Tin House Books): Besides keeping up with the latest Tin House Books manuscripts and the forthcoming Tin House Magazine pieces, my reading focus has really shifted since my husband and I welcomed tiny Oliver into our lives nearly 8 months ago. For those of you with tiny people at home, I’m sure you can relate. My favorite books right now, aside from the classic board books, are I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and Symphony City, a wonderfully illustrated book by Tin House Magazine’s Portland/Brooklyn cover artist, Amy Martin. One book I’m intent on purchasing is French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. Partly because I want Ollie to eat like a French kid, but also because it sends my sleep-deprived mind to days past; European travels, food and booze-filled late nights and mornings with nothing to do but loll around bed. Ah well, I don’t really miss the hangovers and there’s nothing quite like starting the day with a smiley, babbling baby boy.
Devon Walker (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): At the recommendation of our poetry editor, I have been reading Gerald Stern’s This Time: New and Selected Poems. While being a newcomer to Stern, I can already say his voice has a tremendous resonance that carries with it both the comfort of the familiar and the thrill of the not-yet-experienced. As soon as I began reading his earthy yet rhapsodic lines, my dormant habit of memorizing poetry was reawakened. “It takes years to learn how to look at the destruction/ of beautiful things,” Stern writes in his poem “When I Have Reached the Point of Suffocation,” and, as I read those lines, I am stunned by how much I have left to learn and grateful for such a beautiful reminder.
Cheston Knapp (Managing editor of Tin House): As it seems to happen with everything in my life, I was late to the party and have been reading Dhalgren by Samuel Delany, which is just exactly as weird and outre and alive as everyone wiser and hipper and better looking than me says it is. I’m so enthralled by it that I suspect I’ll still be reading it when I’m next enjoined to contribute to this column.
Lauren Lederman (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): I absolutely loved Cormac McCarthy’s The Road when I read it a few years ago and I figured it was to time to crack open another one of his novels. I’m almost done with All the Pretty Horses and though I was ambivalent about the book at first, I’m fully immersed in McCarthy’s prose and the timeless landscape he created. I think I’ll pass on the movie, though; the book is cinematic enough.