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Book Review: The Sweet Dove Died

I’ve been reading mostly Shakespeare and Harry Potter lately, so haven’t had time to catch up on many new books. But I was recently able to finish a novel by the wonderful Barbara Pym, The Sweet Dove Died. I’ve written … Continue reading

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Life on the Mississippi

The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book—a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it … Continue reading

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Stiltsville: A Review

Miami conjures evocative pictures of color, allure, and drama, like Las Vegas on the water. Because of this, Susanna Daniels’ Stiltsville, set in Miami, is even more surprising. Stiltsville, to borrow again from Philip Larkin, is an “ordinary sane novel … Continue reading

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Excellent Women and Wonder Boys: Book Reviews

There’s a scene in the late stages of Excellent Women, a 1952 novel by the mostly-unknown English writer Barbara Pym, which made me laugh harder than I’ve laughed in a long time. In the scene, the heroine, Mildred Lathbury, is … Continue reading

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Devil in the Grove: A Book Review

Over the past couple of years, two incidents in Florida have led many of us to reexamine the problem of racial violence in America. These incidents were the shootings of Trayvon Martin and, more recently, of Justin Davis. Of the … Continue reading

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A Pointless Post About the Art Form that is the English Aristocracy

I’ve been on a bit of a U.K. kick recently. The seeds of this were sown, I think, months ago, when NBC started showing English Premier League soccer on the weekends. The glorious accent of Arlo White had me hooked. … Continue reading

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Brooklyn: A Book Review

Tanner sips books; I inhale them. While Tanner pauses to re-read beautiful sentences multiple times, I rush happily along past those sentences, trying to fall more deeply and more viscerally into the story. For that reason, every time I open … Continue reading

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Stoner: A Book Review

Have you ever heard of the novel Stoner, by John Williams? Chances are you haven’t. I stumbled across it in law school while reading a blog, bought it on an impulse, and ever since it has been my favorite novel.* … Continue reading

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The Sportswriter: A Review

Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter is, to put it one way, the story of a man, Frank Bascombe, who is in the process of losing things. He is losing his family (he’s divorced), his youth (he’s nearing 40), and, increasingly, his … Continue reading

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