Summer Hours: Jerry Caldari’s Vacation Plans

Travel Plans: We’re not traveling far this summer–keeping things local, staying out of trouble, and making good use of the city, like our favorite book store, 192 Books, at 192 Tenth Avenue near 21st Street.

192 Books, NYC

192 Books, Jerry Caldari’s favorite book store in NYC

Summer Reading: Just finished The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, Henry Miller’s account of his travels across the United States in the 1940s–he didn’t like what he saw much. I’m in the middle of The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, by Robert Love; it’s about Pierre Bernard, “the first American yogi,” and it’s pretty entertaining. Next up, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, a critique of contemporary capitalism by Slavoj Zizek.

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller

The Great Oom by Robert Love

First as Tragedy then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek

Eating Out:  A new favorite is the Agora Taverna in Forest Hills, Queens, and not just because Bromley Caldari designed it–the Greek food is really good.

Agora Taverna in Forest Hills designed by Bromley Caldari

Rendering of the new Agora Taverna, designed by Bromley Caldari

Summer Movies: Mostly stuff we download or get from Netflix. Just saw The Guitar, directed by Amy Redford (yes, she’s the daughter), written by veteran underground filmmaker Amos Poe, and starring Saffron Burrows as a woman who has two months to live, rents a big loft, and  fills it up with stuff ordered from catalogs. Worth a look. Good music, too.

The Guitar directed by Amy Redford
The Guitar, directed by Amy Redford, starring Saffron Burrows, Isaach de Bankole, and Paz de la Huerta.

Cocktail Conversation: How difficult it is to get a drink; what what’s-her-name is wearing; the deplorable state of our government; the heat; the Yankees; how much cooler the weather is in Reykjavik; the book Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte, of Casa Malaparte fame.

Casa Malaparte, Capri

Casa Malaparte on Capri, the home of the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, whose Kaputt, a novelistic account of World War II from the losing side, has been reissued by the New York Review of Books.