This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
I can attest that this a truly fascinating subject and book because I’ve also written a book on something very closely related.
#IndependentBookstoreDay is upon. After a week in which Amazon, a main force is the decline of bookstores announced their quarterly profits, the independent-minded bibliophiles now have their day. Or at least, one day.
Michael Wolff’s The Fire and the Fury is the talk of the town and certainly the book of the moment.
Taking on the big challenges of literature.
The Christmas status of Die Hard, Rachel and Joey, the alleged villain of Titanic, and other age-old entertainment debates.
On the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and the act of eating animals.
“Where are you now?”
The Well of Memory.
A Forest In Norway.
The plot thickens.
Selections from the secret reading room.
The memoir of an East L.A. barrio girl turned punk rock legend.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.
I’m looking for a good book about the Nuremberg Trials…
“Grant arrived at his operational vision through perceptual speed and a ‘gift of historic imagination,’ that enabled him to ‘take in at a glance the whole field of war, to form a correct opinion of every suggested and possible…campaign, their logical order and sequence, their relative value, and the interdependence of one upon the other.'”
Picking a book at random from the “Hey check this out” list works out very well, at least this time.
Maribou’s simple rules to being a good library borrower.
Notes on Stefan Zweig’s “The Post Office Girl”, assimilation, and shifting fortunes.
Notes on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the passing of a year.
Chris gets discombobulated. In space.
Sandman Bookclub: The Kindly Ones, Pts. 4 and 5
Sandman Bookclub: The Kindly Ones, Pts. 2 and 3
Tonight, Mike recaps the Prologue to and Part One of The Kindly Ones.
Let’s get right down to business. Paul Krugman comes out swinging in the New York Review of Books with a piece of extended economic criticism that will surely draw much ire, but push an important debate back into the the public consciousness. On the Verge returns today, and with one of my favorite scientists: Brian…
Last week I got an email from reader Karen, who asked if I would be willing to share some book titles that might help her better know and understand my political philosophy of principled pragmatism. At first I had no idea what to tell her; there really is no such thing as a compendium for…
Reviewing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner’s Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts in the Claremont Review of Books, David Forte exposes Justice Scalia’s famous legal positivism as moral philosophy by another name. “They call false,” Forte writes of Scalia and Garner, “the ‘notion that the quest in statutory interpretation is to do justice,’” and they, like Alexander Hamilton, prefer judges to be “‘bound down by strict rules and precedents.” But judging, Forte pushes back, is […]
As many of you know, this week’s Thursday Night Bar Fight was a Survivor-like game where readers had to hash out which three books should be taken to a deserted island to build the culture of a new civilization. The rules were simple: Make a pitch for three books, make a case against others’ choices,…
In the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri pleads with Barnes & Noble not to marginalize itself, with more effectiveness and less of the accidental elitism of a former Classics major than I could muster. (h/t Rod Dreher)
Just a quick note to remind everyone we’ll be starting our Beowulf-Grendel book club tomorrow. We’ll be discussing lines 1-1007. (Pages 3-67 in the Heaney translation – only about 30 pages or reading for those worried they don’t have time to catch up). Hope to see you there.
Sitting in a Barnes and Noble cafe at the start of January, I read: What is astonishing is the quantity of books worth reading at college age and later which cannot be bought except by luck and at second hand. The recently established “Classics Club” has done something to remedy this situation. Until it began…
Starting the week after next, the League will be hosting the Beowulf & Grendel Book Club*. Everyone and anyone is invited (nay, encouraged!) to participate. For those not familiar with either work, Beowulf is an epic story of heroes and monsters, written by an unknown poet sometime between 700 A.D. and 1000 A.D. Set in…
At the end of every term for at least the last half-dozen years, I’ve had to take a week (or two—the task probably isn’t done by the end of a single week) and re-teach myself how to read. I start with a novel: something with prose I want to savor, but nothing too twisting or…
My dad foisted Dandelion Wine on me when I was young and still homeschooled. It was to be, appropriately enough, the first book in my list of self-imposed summer reading. His copy was old, and falling apart, so we bought a new one that would be mine. Home from the Barnes and Noble, he immediately tore…
For the past few months I have been bitching to friends and family that I can’t find anything good to read. So I am really looking forward to the next four weeks. May 2012 looks to be a pretty great time to be a reader, at least if you’re me. (Mind you, part of this…