"I write a reader’s diary because reading is writing too. I don’t like talking all the time. This September I didn’t talk — write — very much at all but I read a lot, in the same pell-mell omnivorous way I listened to music as a teenager. It was a gift and a relief, feeling that way again. It was like I stopped believing in magic then revved back up.
It is important, to me, that a reader’s diary not just be about what’s new, or books, because reader’s diaries are about marking time but also, magical thinking. They are about believing that stories can help you figure out your great life. Help me figure out mine.
This September was the first month I lived in Denver for real. I read Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood aloud to myself when I couldn’t sleep. I read charts for high-altitude baking and burned the potatoes anyway. I read Kara Jesella’s wedding posts on her Tumblr and wrote her to say I love you. I re-read the final essay in Vivian Gornick’s The End of the Novel of Love because I know it’s important to me but don’t know why yet. I re-read Tina Brown Celona’s Snip! Snip! because it is great. I read Mathias Svalina’s new book Wastoid and Lise Haller Baggesen’s first book Mothernism and Cedar Sigo’s old book Selected Writings, which is on the shelf at Counterpath but sold out from other places. I re-read my favorite poem in Sommer Browning’s Backup Singers, which is about driving through lightning. I read new friends’ old books and if I loved them I said so, which is important.”
—mairead case, “how to burn potatoes at high altitude,” bookslut
i am honored for mairead to have written about my tumblr wedding posts, for them to be mentioned alongside a vivian gornick essay, and to have gotten her “i love you” email, not to mention an actual congratulatory card in the actual mail. i wrote her back—not today, before this—to tell her i love her, too.