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Homage to Catalonia (Paperback)

by George Orwell

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 2

In the context of a government of men, Cercas suggests, real and durable greatness is marked by compromises, trade-offs, disappointments, and missed opportunities, rather than their absence. Not to give away the ending, but maybe politics is more like real life than we'd like to imagine.

Pants on Fire: The Genre That Cannot Be Named 4

Inventing one composite kid from two could make the story stronger. Certainly it would make writing the story easier for me. I come in part from cheating stock — thieves, adulterers, at least two murderers, as far as I know. I was curious: Could I be a cheater, or, more precisely, a compositor, too?

Fellow Creatures: Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams 1

Leslie Jamison is a different kind of listener. She’s one willing to implicate herself and ask the tough questions about her (and our) capacity to understand each other.

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