Category Archives: Books

Can you hear me now?

I was dismayed earlier this week to read about the slap in the face the LA Times delivered to Jennifer Egan in their announcement of the winners of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards (full list of winners and … Continue reading

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Books read in 2010

As part of keeping up with Post Every Week in 2011, here’s one I’m duplicating from my LiveJournal: a list of books I read in 2010. Some of them are linked to reviews I posted on my book review blog, … Continue reading

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I can see clearly now*

I can see again! After four years of steadily (and noticeably) deteriorating eyesight, I finally hauled myself down to the optometrist for an eye exam. I already knew that my vision had gone from bad to worse – not being … Continue reading

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The persistence of habit

It’s ridiculous how long I’ve let this blog languish, un-updated. Last time I posted it was to talk about fall in the Blue Ridge; now summer is hard upon us (after one of the worst winters in memory – I … Continue reading

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Reading Habits

Avidbookreader asks, is it worth it to skip to the end of a book or read the last page/chapter first? I can’t say if it’s truly worth it or not, but I am a habitual skip-to-the-end reader. My usual custom … Continue reading

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“O hushed October morning mild / Begin the hours of this day slow / Make the day seem to us less brief”*

Monday’s presentation went very well, in my opinion. The president seemed appropriately impressed with the manuscripts that had been brought out (he even picked up a magnifying glass to examine the text on the Latin & French RSB) and, while … Continue reading

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