This has been a year involving several months of travel so my reading has not been at my usual rate or even per the plans I'd made at the end of 2018. Despite that, it has been a year of lovely literary discoveries and much learning. And, if you've been following along for a while, you'll know I don't set much store in having high book-reading counts. Defeats the purpose, don't you think? What I aim to do, with all my logging and counting, is to ensure I'm reading a good balance of genres and being inclusive and diverse with my book choices. Hence the charts at the end.
This month, my short stories column at PopMatters is all about the journey — by train, bus, airplane, car, even foot. And how, in that state of being neither here nor there, just about anything can happen. These five stories are also excellent examples of travel as a versatile literary device. The stories (free to read online) are from all over the world and by these fine writers: Asako Serizawa, Nanjil Nadan, Goli Taraghi, Stephen King, and John Cheever.
This month's short story column continues from last month with more stories about animals. Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Sarah Hall, Robert Olen Butler, Beth Goder, and Jackie Kay explore the humanity of our species and our relationships with other living species.