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M Sarki

Besides being a poet with four collections published, M Sarki is a painter, film maker, and photographer. He likes fine coffee and long walks. 

M Sarki has written, directed, and produced six short films titled Gnoman's Bois de Rose, Biscuits and Striola , The Tools of Migrant Hunters, My Father's Kitchen, GL, and Cropped Out 2010. More details to follow. Also the author of the feature film screenplay, Alphonso Bow.

Currently reading

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
David Lebovitz
We Learn Nothing: Essays
Tim Kreider
Elmet: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
Fiona Mozley
Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived: Short Stories
Lily Tuck
The Double Life of Liliane
Lily Tuck
At Home with the Armadillo
Gary P. Nunn
American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank
RJ Smith
Autumn
Karl Ove Knausgård, Ingvild Burkey, Vanessa Baird
Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd (Reading Edition)
Nick Mason
American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank
J.R. Smith
Both Flesh and Not: Essays - David Foster Wallace http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/56773015179/both-flesh-and-not-essays-by-david-foster-wallace

Though obviously not the exciting essay collections of Consider the Lobster, or A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again, this collection suffices to satisfy my jones for more David Foster Wallace and relaxes my need for any more based on these basic retreads of pieces obviously not up to making the grade in his previous works. The two sport pieces, one on Federer and one about the U.S. Open, were both engaging to their core whether you happen to like tennis or not. What I liked most about Wallace was his ability to make almost anything he wrote interesting and worth reading. No matter what his subject, with the exception of math and poetry, I found his writing captivating and full of his own personality, which is something I am enthralled with in no little measure.

I am not as enamored with David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress as Wallace and others seem to regale it, but his essay proved to be one many people read and agree with. When Wallace deconstructs poetry and fiction I also rarely agree with him and find his thinking off base, but still, he always makes his words so much fun to read. And speaking of fun he even wrote an essay that included Don DeLillo and the fun of writing in it, which is an enormous stretch too as DeLillo, for me, is rarely fun and so intense I generally need to mist to cool off my brain from thinking. But his essay on Terminator 2 was so good it made me watch Terminator 1 for the very first time. This essay alone made the book definitely worth the purchase price.

Deciderization 2007 and Just Asking were both very good essays that shed more light on our "best of" series as well as if some things are actually worth dying for. I finished the book as if riding my bicycle with my back to a strong wind. It was easy and sad and filling, and I think I am done reading anymore "new" essay collections or novels of David Foster Wallace just because I don't think he wanted anymore published, even this one.