Contemporary Art


Blog written by Sarah Jones of Jones Gallery + Studio. News from her studio, discussions of process, and thoughts on art + design. 

Studioing: Audio Books 2

My days at the studio used to be filled with CBC Radio One, but since This Is That went on the the air and Dispatches went off, my strict adherence to our national radio network has become less and less...fervent. Then, a few months ago, while I was in the middle of a good book and thinking - I wish there was some way I could read and paint at the same time - I realized THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN INVENTED!! Audio books, it turns out, are the BEST! Not just for old people and my brother, who has been an audio book devotee for years. With the past month’s fifteen-hour studio days, I’ve been chewing through a title every two or three days. And also eating up my brother’s Audible subscription. It’s his fault for giving me his password.
— Me, 12 months ago

I am still using Caleb's audible account. Only he has caught on to my rabid book downloading and I had to pay for this year's subscription. A SMALL SACRIFICE for endless hours of bookish joy. Here are my favourites from the past year. 

1. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides. I like titles with the word 'middle' in them.

2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz.  

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke. I read this one already years ago, but didn't recall much other than liking it. Plus I like long-ish listens. Even more so when Simon Prebble is doing the reading. This one, like Kavalier and Clay, I wished would keep going on and on. 

4. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell. Which I've gone on about before. 

5. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt. Me and novels about art history are destined to go together.