Autumn 2020: In My Reading Log


If you think you don’t like poetry, Simina Banu’s Pop will surprise you. Having just stumbled through a reading of W.B. Yeats’ 1919 The Tower, I approached Pop with that swelling sense of inadequacy that haunted me as a student, that I do not understand poetry. But what a

Autumn 2020: In My Reading Log2020-09-30T15:08:29-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954)


For the first time, twelve-year-old Emma Ellinger feels truly connected to her mother. They are finally “doing something together, alone, with no man, no Uncle Anyone, to interfere". Tangier, Moracco 1887 Click for source data It's true that the cruise hasn't gone entirely as planned; they have packed the

Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954)2017-03-26T10:37:34-05:00

“Goodness and Mercy” Alice Munro


This title recalls Barbara's "Oranges and Apples" game, the idea of having to choose between two things. 1990; Penguin, 1991 It also echoes Anne having asked Matthew, en route to Green Gables: "Which would you rather be if you had the choice--divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically

“Goodness and Mercy” Alice Munro2014-07-11T17:16:42-05:00

Knot: The Cat’s Table


Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table McClelland & Stewart, 2011 You can learn a lot from reading novels. For instance, in reading this one, you could learn the following: How to spell Egypt (Ever Grasping Your Precious Tits); The way to a first-class breakfast on a cruise even if you're not

Knot: The Cat’s Table2014-03-15T16:38:43-05:00
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