“Out of Time balances the tragic and tender with some extremely funny moments that constituted the life and work of the true musician.”
- Roger Woodward
Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner. One of the finest biographies I’ve read. I’m filled with admiration for the thoughtful job the author has done of it. Elegantly and compassionately written, the book moves along like a novel – I devoured the 500 or so pages in a few days. During the 1990′s I had the pleasure of playing under Maestro Tintner with Symphony Nova Scotia. He was a great musician with a vast store of musical knowledge. Good luck finding Out of Time in Canada; for now you’ll have to try Amazon.com. Hanky alert.
Everyman by Philip Roth. It was time I read some Roth. I found it both depressing and funny.
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. It was time I read some more Roth. Relentlessly dark and funny; I find I’ve stalled.
The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphreys. It’s her latest novel, and like all of them, it’s beautifully written and it sucked me right in.
Blue Nights by Joan Didion. *Sob* – hanky alert.
From a High Thin Wire by Joan Clark. Crackling good short stories.
Winter by Adam Gopnik. I’m making my way through his CBC Massey Lectures on my least-favourite season, hoping it’ll change my views on the matter.
Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
The Lightning Field by Heather Jessup
Angel on the Roof by Russell Banks
Uptown by Stevens Gerard Malone