Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log


Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall (1947) “It was a mystery story she had got out of the lending library for her father, and she was not fond of mystery stories. Nobody in them ever seems to feel sorry about murders, she had said.” How unfortunate that Lucia is

Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log2018-12-06T10:42:54-05:00

“Dear Life” Alice Munro


This the last of four stories published at the end of Dear Life under Finale, four works that are "not quite stories" but, rather, works "autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact. I believe they are the first and last -- and the closest -- things I

“Dear Life” Alice Munro2014-03-20T19:54:50-05:00

Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays (1922): Persephone No. 30


Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays (1922) Persephone No. 30 Persephone Books, 2001 Agnes Jekyll explains in her introduction to Kitchen Essays that these pieces have been published in book form as a result of readers of The Times having requested such a ready reference. These traditional recipes and rituals straddle nostalgia and practicality,

Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays (1922): Persephone No. 302014-03-11T20:35:35-05:00

On a Reader’s Plate


Massimo Marcone’s Acquired Tastes Key Porter, 2010 The subtitle of Massimo Marcone’s book gives it all away: “on the trail of the world’s most sought-after delicacies”. After briefly considering what constitutes a delicacy, and how the concept shifts across time and varies between cultures, the author focuses on a handful

On a Reader’s Plate2014-03-11T20:34:37-05:00

Persephones…and Alice Munro


Reading in company. It’s always more fun, isn’t it? Not that a stack of Persephones and a stack of lemon cakes aren’t enjoyable in and of themselves. But there’s something about knowing that there are similar stacks of books and stacks of sweets at hand for other readers. That, just

Persephones…and Alice Munro2014-03-10T20:54:54-05:00
Go to Top