Summer Reads: Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé’s Top Three
I’m all over the place with this summer’s selections. Hughes gives me a great lens into the lives of Whitman, Capote and Styron, against the gritty backdrop of Brooklyn. Pavel’s lovely memoir, translated from the Czech, is just altogether charming! The third title helps me understand the ruba’i, a two-lined Persian poetic form, with each line split evenly into two hemistitchs. The ruba’i is also known as “taraneh”, meaning “snatch”. This will satisfy my sporadic return to more formalist sensibilities.By Evan Hughes, published by Henry Holt and CompanyBy Ota Pavel, published by Penguin BooksTranslated by Peter Avery & John Heath-Stubbs, published by Penguin Classics
Many thanks to Desmond for sharing these titles!
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