Yearly Archive for 2010

: 2010

Once upon a midnight dreary

Image via WikipediaEdgar Allan Poe – spinner of spine-tinglers and tales of hearts that won’t stay still – immediately springs to mind when Halloween approaches. Few other horror stories in literature

Book spotting

I was wandering through the Ferguson Library the other day, with no determined purpose, when I spotted one of the usual book displays on the first floor and noticed that the arrangement of the books

‘Dramatizing the act of reading’

When I first read “The Great Gatsby”, it was summer — the best time of year, I think, to become acquainted with Gatsby’s decadent stretch of Long Island. Lying on the beach, I flipped through
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The Kafka papers

“One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.” — Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” Imagine, for a moment, a canon of Western
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A new version of events

The sinking of the Titanic in April, 1912 is such a well-known piece of history, that the spiral of events into disaster seems familiar and thoroughly picked over. However, a new book “Good as Gold”,
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In case you missed it…

The New York Times had a great fall book preview today. Here’s a peek: There are novels by Ken Follett, Michael Cunningham, Nicole Krauss and Tom Clancy; cookbooks by Ina Garten and Jamie Oliver;
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Jonathan Franzen’s new novel “Freedom” has already been scooped up by President Obama for his late-summer reading, lauded expansively by the New York Times, and projected to easily hit the best-seller
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Meeting David Mitchell

Well, I braved boiling temperatures, chugged endless water bottles and crowded into a near-bursting bookshop in a sweat-drenched t-shirt to see David Mitchell Sunday afternoon, the culmination of a
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Happy Bloomsday

June 16, 1904 — The day that James Joyce’s hero Leopold Bloom made his way around Dublin in “Ulysses” is celebrated across the world, often with pints of Guinness, (“thick giblet soup”?) and readings
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Rome in July

Also from The New Yorker: The Book Bench blog has chosen Tom Rachman’s “The Imperfectionists” as their July book club selection. I’m very excited by this — I’m currently 3/4 of the way through
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