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October 24, 2016

Running in the Wake 6

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What better way to test my fortitude than by hammering my head with the legendarily impenetrable Irish jibberish of Finnegans Wake? If I can run 20 yammering nonsensical miles, then an extra six with folks cheering most of the way instead: easy, right? Maybe easier.

October 21, 2016

Henry James for Every Day of the Year 0

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This book more or less vanished. A few older works of criticism list it in their bibliographies, and a small press in Pennsylvania reissued it in 1970. But no scholar has ever paid it much attention, and for decades it survived in the only way that forgotten books do survive: undisturbed in the stacks.

October 19, 2016

The Library Is Dead. Long Live the Library! 6

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Properly maintained public libraries empower minority communities by providing access to modern technologies and the training to use these technologies.

October 17, 2016

Dylan and Defiance 37

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He didn’t sound like someone who would be on the radio, and yet, there he was, standing in front of the nation, connecting with people on the basis of what he had to say, not how it sounded. 

October 14, 2016

Citizen Ack: On Whimsy, Trump, and ‘Bloom County’ 2

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In its last few weeks in existence, ‘Bloom County’ had Donald Trump end the world.

October 10, 2016

A Defense of Radical Selfishness 1

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Fear of Flying still has radical lessons to offer.   

October 7, 2016

Shape Beneath Color: The Impressionistic Wonders of ‘To the Lighthouse’ 2

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In Woolf’s hands, impressionism permits the interior life to float through the narrative like black ink in a basin of water, creating slowly shifting forms rather than hard lines, which seems about right if the goal is to explore the amorphous nature of the inner self.

October 7, 2016

The Other Folio: On the Legacy of Ben Jonson 1

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Outside of academic circles, where there has been a resurgence in interest, Jonson is a distant third in the contemporary popular imagination about the time period, after canonical William Shakespeare and sexy Christopher Marlowe.

October 6, 2016

Don’t Call It a Novel (It’s Been Here for Years) 9

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This phenomenon of misidentifying a story collection as a novel is surprisingly common, both in book reviewing and in polite conversation.

October 6, 2016

Occupy Author Photo: On Elena Ferrante, Privacy, and Women Writers 16

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I have come to wonder if, perhaps, for women, author photos are too often a lose-lose situation.