First posts of each month in 2004

January: Gateway by Fredrrik Pohl. As good as I remembered it as being.

February: The five questions meme: I’ve seen this floating around, but part of the problem is catching it at the right moment and also finding someone whose questions you think you would like to answer!

March: [three book reviews:] A train to Paris, followed by a trans-Atlantic flight, is a good way to make further inroads into the books bought the other week in London.

April: Just discovered that is one of my colleagues at work. Привет, Игорь!

May: No long weekend in Belgium, but I’ll make the most of what I’ve got.

June: Two of my colleagues have been expelled from Indonesia.

July: This evening: train to Paris, for conference tomorrow.

August: The Year of Our War, by Steph Swainston: Well, this is depressing. A Cambridge graduate, like me, who has dabbled in archaeology, like me, and now works in vaguely international relations stuff, like me, but is about six years younger and has produced a stormingly good first novel.

September: I’d been thinking of doing a post about the tenth anniversary of the IRA ceasefire, pushed a little bit by ‘ reminiscences about the Bad Old Days, by ‘s latest post about terrorism, and by the fact that I participated in a live panel discussion with John Hume and Albert Reynolds about it on RTÉ radio yesterday (don’t worry, Dublin-based readers – you didn’t miss much).

October: Back from Portugal. Got to swim in the sea on Wednesday and Saturday; had lots of time today to look around Lisbon; stayed in a beautiful monastic retreat house (now owned by a Portuguese foundation).

November: Atonement: A very good book, this, which had been sitting on my “to-read” pile for far too long.

December: The scourge of insomnia.

Lots of books, lots of travel, a little politics. Am off to Rome for 24 hours later today.

One thought on “First posts of each month in 2004

  1. They’re not published as a series, but the Zuckerman books by Roth? The four collected as Zuckerman Bound (The Ghost Writer, Zuckerman Unbound, The Anatomy Lesson and The Prague Orgy) and the three mid-90’s books – American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, The Human Stain.

    (It would be helpful to read Portnoy’s Complaint first, because Zuckerman Unbound is partly about the reaction to Portnoy, but it’s not necessary)

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