What to read? What to read?
I have a loaner copy of Tori Murden McLure's book Pearl in the Storm, which I have a.) wanted to read and b.) feel compelled to read because 1.) she completed her MFA from the same university that I will be attending, 2.) she is now the new President of said university, and 3.) she's kinda my husband's boss. No pressure there (so long as she NEVER READS MY BLOG).
I also want to read Julia Sweeny's God Said Ha! super bad and have wanted to ever since I heard an hour-long This American Life devoted to her reading from the book. This goes back to the narcism problem, however. Sweeny has a falling out with religion; my own falling out with religion is the topic of a collection of essays I am working on. Sweeny is very droll; I make sloppy attempts at droll-dom.
Or, I could go back to the list and read something depressing like Reynold's Price, Tobias Wolff, or Augustin Burroughs.