Reading Seattle #12 — Greenlake Branch

Date of visit: April 19th, 2018

I was in Greenlake taking dance classes at Exit Space / the NEST in preparation for classes in the Ailey Experience Tour. Which is to say, they have a show in Seattle, some company members come here a week early to teach some kids (and adults, but mostly kids). I was really in it for the Horton class, which was as great as I’d hoped.

But I’m not sure my two-week preparatory run-up to the weekend was actually helpful; I took a whole bunch of modern dance classes at Velocity Dance Center and Exit Space, and there were so many different styles, none of which were anything like Horton (i.e. what most of my intro to modern dance class in college was, it turns out). I also talked to my friend Ellen afterward, who took some modern dance at Boston University, and we had the same shared vocabulary of familiar Horton-y moves.

Is there like, coastal dance drift?

Uhhh, anyway, before class, I went to the library and then went to Peet’s Coffee to start reading. I got a hibiscus herbal iced tea.

Goodbye, Vitamin (Rachel Khoong) — Another book by an Asian woman who went to a school Lu didn’t get into who writes about a facet of her life in her 20s! I mean, in the book, the protagonist seemed to drop out? of an unnamed school in New Haven (maybe it was Albertus Magnus, lol), moves to SF to be a somnograph tech with her boyfriend; they break up and she moves back home to be with her father, who is in decline due to Alzheimer’s.

It’s a series of adorable sketches. Lots of punny jokes; it kind of feels like the author has been keeping a notebook of adorable punny sketches and needed a reason to stitch them together. The protagonist also drinks a lot, which I appreciate.

Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri) — One year during college I coerced a classmate into taking me home over spring break, and with his parents, we watched a long sad movie about the partition of India after the British left. I’m not proud of this, but I am glad that I got some minimal base knowledge of that conflict, because it’s prominent in a few stories in this collection.

The theme seems to be betrayal, or departure, if it’s positive. They’re moving stories.

Fear of Dying (Erica Jong) — Bookend? Sequel? to Fear of Flying, Jong’s seminal novel where the protagonist, Isadora Wing, fully embraced her sexuality. This book is about Isadora’s friend, Vanessa, who is in a loving but sexless marriage with parents who are dying and a daughter who is pregnant. Seeking life for herself, she signs up on a site,, for some NSA sex.

Shrug; I don’t relate to her at all. Will I marry a very rich man? no. do I orgasm from vaginal intercourse? no. do I believe that circumcision is what drives Jewish men to marry Asian / black girls? [page 204, I’m not kidding, folks, she goes on about this for a while] ….no?

Good ridda

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