In preparation for that, I've been stocking up on certain books that I want to cover that deserve more than the 850-1200 word reviews that I typically write here (don't worry, I plan on keeping this blog updated frequently). Here are some of the books I've bought the past week or so (including a McKay's run today) that will almost certainly be covered in some form or the other over at Gogol's Overcoat (minus the Easton Press edition of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and Candida that I inexplicably forgot to photograph):
The first four books are part of the American Poets Project, published by Library of America (I have their Theodore Roethke edition ordered). I am thinking of doing a monthly poetry feature, if not a biweekly one, since a love of poetry has been in at least three generations of my family. Found two more Hesse books in German, so those will be read sometime in 2012, provided I free up the time to brush up on my German. I was almost shocked to see the Portuguese edition of José Saramago's The Duplicated Man when I was at McKay's today. Even more surprising was that it was only $1.50 (I rarely can get a Portuguese edition online for under $25). I am thinking of reviewing several Saramago volumes, either for here or Gogol's Overcoat (or possibly both). And yes, I picked up a beginner's level Chinese textbook. I think it would be a good challenge over the next several years to learn at least a few hundred Chinese characters so I could make a stab later at learning how to read in that language.
I've also been buying a lot of new and used Library of America editions lately in preparation for a possible regular feature on Gogol's Overcoat. I've read the majority of these stories and poems before, but I value the notes and presentation of the Library of America editions.
Notice the diverse titles published under the Library of America aegis. The sermons have been interesting so far (ending with the sermon Martin Luther King, Jr. gave just before his assassination was chilling) and Ambrose Bierce was a delight to read. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite 20th century writers. Haven't read any of Charles Brockden Brown's novels, so this will be a discovery for me, or so I hope.