People watching, the search for cultural identity and the subtleties of growing up in the city gracefully intertwine as Su Hwang offers her upbringing to the reader in her poetry collection “Bodega.” Born in Korea shortly before immigrating to New York City, Hwang uses her experiences to develop an expansive collection of memories of partial assimilation that she relays through her collection of poems.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived for my meeting with Benedek Totth. It’s difficult to guess an author’s personality from their work, and doubly so when the work is like Totth’s. The Hungarian author’s 2014 debut, “Dead Heat,” was recently translated into English by Ildikó Noémi Nagy. The novel is a portrait of a group of Hungarian teenagers whose lives are centered on competitive swimming and otherwise pass in dissolute episodes of substance abuse, meaningless sex and general recklessness.
Bob Mackie has spent his years in pursuit of the costume, stitching together an endless sea of paillettes and Marabous, creating marvelous and fleeting moments that live on in history through photographs.
In the past month or so, I have started keeping track of what books I want to read next by placing them in a short, orderly stack next to my bed. This is a step forward from my previous method, which was to make a spur-of-the-moment decision after finishing a book. I would look at my shelf, suddenly enamored by the possibilities it holds for a giddy moment before finally lighting on one almost by chance. This seemed, ultimately, like an odd way to pick something that I was to spend several hours with later. I thought it would be worth considering the structure of my reading.