June arrives this weekend, and I’m way behind on my reading for Once Upon a Time VII, the excellent challenge put forth over at Stainless Steel Droppings. I do still intend, though, to take part in the screen challenge, watching The Company of Wolves at some point this weekend (now that I found a copy) and reading the Angela Carter story which inspired the film as well. I will also be re-reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is one of my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays.
Along with re-reading that play, I’ll also be writing up my thoughts on Chris Adrian’s last novel, The Great Night. Adrian, one of the most accomplished and powerful writers working today, wrote this book as a sort of continuation of Shakespeare’s play, set this time in Buena Vista Park in San Francisco. In this telling, Adrian explores loss and longing with a piercing, poetic style. He’s a powerful author, sometimes more successful in his short stories than in his novel, but always grandly ambitious in his choices. If you’d like to sample his work, you can read the short story The Great Night grew from here. It’s strong stuff, so I’ll also link here to the recipe for an Absinthe Sazerac, a libation powerful enough to bolster you as you read as well as a nice showcase for la fée verte. The developer of this drink (Who blogs here) is himself from San Francisco, so there’s probably something synchronicitous there, but more importantly it involves a healthy dose of rye. Enjoy!