What I'm reading
I’m reading, let’s see, a few things: The Jew in the Lotus, by [poet] Rodger Kamenetz, about Jewish spiritual leaders and the Dalai Lama. It’s about the conjunction between the Judaic and Buddhist spiritual traditions. It’s fascinating seeing the quest for what is good and true and real in terms of different religious sensibilities. I’m also reading Shelter, by Jayne Anne Phillips. It’s a highly textured, slow, luxuriant read about a girls’ camp and the complex relationship between the campers and noncampers who menace them. I’ve begun The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance by John Hale, which looks to be a view of the art and culture and daily life of 16th-century Europe. Reading is highly idiosyncratic, highly compulsive for me. I tend to read things simultaneously — well, not literally; I only have two eyes.