“What they’re reading” appears as an occasional series in MinnPost’s Book Club Club section. We’re asking well-known and not-so-well-known Minnesotans to tell us about the books they’re reading and recommending to others — and why. In today’s installment, we hear from playwright, storyteller and frequent NPR commentator Kevin Kling.
I’m currently reading “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. I’m doing a show at the Fitzgerald based on its characters. Baum is incredible, what a ride. Beautiful.
Poetry and more poetry…love it. Most recently, Peter Bakowski’s “Days That We Couldn’t Rehearse.” And Freya Manfred — wow.
It’s the time for poetry. I load up on poetry in autumn, like squirrels eating everything in sight, knowing winter’s blast is just around the corner.
The books I recommend to others really vary by situation.
Recently, I’ve recommended “Peer Gynt,” “Beowulf,” “Gilgamesh,” “The Illiad” and “Song of Roland” — stories that passed from oral tradition into written language.
They’re an incredible blend of spoken words and arresting visual imagery.