Summer reading: Sam Lipsyte on John Jakes
For summer 2010, we've created the L.A. Times list of 60 books for 92 days. All of these are new titles being released during the next three months -- they're a plethora of great summer reads.
At Jacket Copy, we're asking bookish types about their favorite summer reads of the past. Sam Lipsyte is the author of "The Ask," a novel about Milo Burke, a failed painter and under-enthusiastic fundraiser for an arts program at a New York university. "Targets of Lipsyte's satire," our reviewer wrote, "include Williamsburg loft dwellers, liberal-arts students, radical child-care providers and reality-TV aspirants." Lipsyte's "The Ask" is now out in paperback.
Jacket Copy: Do you remember reading a specific book or books during summer?
Sam Lipstye: When I was a kid I read "The Bastard," "The Rebels," "The Seekers," "The Furies," which are the first four books of the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes.
JC: What year was it, or how old were you?
SL: I was 12, maybe 13.
JC: Where were you?
SL: In a rented cottage near a lake with my mother, father and sister.
JC: What about the books was significant to you then?
SL: The books had sex (in haylofts), revolution, and musketry, things very much on my mind at the time.
JC: Have you reread the books?
SL: I don't want to reread them. They are with me forever as they were on those blazing days in the grass or beside a window during a summer storm.
JC: Have you picked out anything to read this summer?
SL: I'm eager to read the new Rick Moody novel.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Sam Lipsyte. Credit: Ceridwen Morris
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