Articles by Tom Nissley
December 2, 2014
Did Dickens invent Christmas? It’s sometimes said he did, recreating the holiday as we know it out of the neglect that had been imposed on it by Puritanism, Utilitarianism, and the Scrooge-like forces of the Industrial Revolution.
November 6, 2014
November is the anti-April: gray and dreary, the beginning of the end of things rather than their rebirth. It’s the month you hunker down — if you don’t give up entirely.
October 10, 2014
It’s in October that the Overlook Hotel shuts down for the season, leaving Jack Torrance alone for the winter with his family and his typewriter in ‘The Shining,’ and it’s in October that his son, Danny, starts saying, “Redrum.”
September 8, 2014
September is the start of many things: school, fall, football, the biggest publishing season, the return to work after the end of summer.
August 11, 2014
Put your idleness, if you’re fortunate enough to have some, to good use with these suggested August readings.
July 11, 2014
Here is a list of suggested reading for the heat and upheaval of July.
June 10, 2014
June is overflowing with matrimony — but it’s also the home of another modern ritual, graduation day — or, as it’s more evocatively known, commencement, an ending that’s a beginning.
May 7, 2014
Unlike the storms of March and the “uncertain glory” of April, Shakespeare’s May, with its “darling buds,” is always sweet, and ever the month for love.
April 2, 2014
Here is a selection of recommended April reading, heavy on birth, death, and rebirth, and a little boredom.
March 3, 2014
We don’t know quite what to do with March. We’re excited and frightened by its power and variability. Here is a selection of recommended reading for a moody month.