Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Emmys 2017
Every unforgettable moment, every gorgeous dress.Click here

Article

What Pete Hamill is reading

The novelist is currently enjoying “Tina Modotti: Photographer and Revolutionary,” “That’s the Way I See It,” “Barnaby Rudge,” and “The Waterworks”

Posted on

”In the last week I read this biography of Tina Modotti by Margaret Hooks (Tina Modotti: Photographer and Revolutionary). It’s the best book that’s been written in English about her. Her story is ultimately very sad. She was a very talented photographer, and in the course of becoming a heavy Communist, she discarded her art. I also just finished David Hockney’s book That’s the Way I See It. His ability to explain his painting in simple, direct language is truly exhilarating. It’s very rare for a first-class painter. The novel I read recently was Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge. There’s a description of a riot in it that’s as good as anybody’s ever done. I also have the galley for E.L. Doctorow’s new novel, The Waterworks. If I’m reading something really good, I shut off the phone until I’m finished. I read about three hours a day. During the basketball playoffs, though, it’s much harder.”

Comments