Italo Calvino is the man! He’s right up there along side Danielewski and Borges for me. He’s awesome and the stories that he writes are what I wish I could write if I were to take that ambition seriously. I just finished his “If on a winter’s night a traveler“, and bloody hell did it rock. As extroverted (and introverted I suppose) as “House of Leaves” and as much a love story as “Only Revolutions“. Essentially a book about reading (or at least the attempt to do so) and all the different situations in which reading and interpreting come in to play. It’s awesome. Awesome awesome. Definitely recommended to anyone with off the beaten path tendencies.