What is A/S Reading? – No.5

You know when you go to a book club meeting? And it’s at a bar? And a couple of guys are arguing about which Springsteen album to put on the jutebox? Yeah, that’s like this. This is What Is A/S Reading?

(Please note, we’ve switched our links to Powell’s from Amazon. We just like how they carry themselves in the world a bit better.)

Editor-at-Large Aaron Reuben is reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood:

A whimsical and strangely uplifting pre/post apocalyptic novel, this is easily one of the best books I’ve read this fall. I would add it to my personal cannon of great novels about what we are going to do when we’ve finally fucked ourselves to death.  Though slightly annoyed that I wasn’t credited with inventing PainBall (a game where convicts fight to the death to win their freedom, which I like totally came up with the idea for years ago), I can’t wait to read the prequel, Oryx and Crake.

Managing Editor Adam Read-Brown is continuing his never-ending quest for the back cover of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest:

Reading? Reading? You want to know what I’m READING??? CAN’T YOU TELL BY THE WAY MY BACK IS CROOKED AND MY SOCIAL SKILLS HAVE DEGRADED THAT I AM ON PAGE 840 of INFINITE JEST? The thought of publicly telling people that i am still reading the same book after so many months gives me the howling fantods. But this blog is about honesty.

Claire Kelley, Armchair/Shotgun’s Layout Maven, is reading The Petting Zoo by Jim Carroll:

The author of the cult classic The Basketball Diaries passed away in September 2009 and left this novel in manuscript form. The posthumously edited book tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an artist who suffers a mental breakdown after viewing a painting by Valázquez at an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and struggles throughout the narrative for a sense of artistic and spiritual redemption.

Fiction Editor John Cusick is reading Sun Tzu’s Art of War:

As Armchair/Shotgun’s token corporate whore, I thought I’d brush up on my negotiating strategy with this tome of sushi-eating business men everywhere. (Though with A/S it’s usually more fisticuffs than fine print.) So far, I’ve learned how to conquer Eurasia.

Managing Editor Laura McMillan simply filed the above photo.

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