Category Archives: Reading Notes

How then must we live, reader, and who do you love?

You may begin because someone says you’ve got to read this. Or because it’s assigned. Or because everyone or a few people or even one person you respect seems to think you should. Or maybe you’ve run across an intriguing … Continue reading

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Middlebrow furrowed

Meredith Jaffe, writing in the Guardian (11/4/15), asks: “Middlebrow? What’s so shameful about writing a book and hoping it sells well?” Reading a recent essay in the Sydney Review of Books, she says, “it’s difficult to work out who its … Continue reading

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Today’s word, from A.Word.A.Day, which is doing words from Dutch this week, is sooterkin. The second meaning seemed not to make sense (“get” an afterbirth?): 2. An afterbirth formerly believed to be gotten by Dutch women by warming themselves on … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

In the New York Times Book Review‘s “Bookends” of August 25 two sharp critical thinkers, Zoë Heller & Leslie Jamison, talk about the value, or overvaluing, of difficulty in literature. Heller made this observation about the new, & newly fraught, … Continue reading

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The Orphan Master’s Son

There are so many books I have to read–for work, research, reviewing–that I tend to get a lot of extracurricular works on the fly, in audio form, that is, taken in while I walk or run or drive (or putter … Continue reading

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