Category Archives: Fiction

R.I.P. Brian Jacques

Brian Jacques passed back in February, but I only learned of it the other day. It’s been years since I’ve read any of his work (though not because I am above reading children’s literature), but Jacques’ Redwall series was foundational … Continue reading

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Briefly Noted: Hemingway & Greene

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway Scribner, 2003 (/1926). 251 pages. I have a thing for long sentences (e.g.). That’s one reason I love authors like Dickens who without hesitation throw around sentences like, “As to Merrylegs, that respectable … Continue reading

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Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Niko Henrichon (artist) Vertigo, 2006. 136 pages. In 2003, Pride of Baghdad explains, the Baghdad zoo suffered damage under U.S. bombing of the city, setting loose a number of animals, including a … Continue reading

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Book to Film: Jane Eyre (2011)

(This is what happens when I start a post then lose internet for a week. Old news, etc. On the other hand, old books are never old news.) After my daughter was born and my wife went back to work … Continue reading

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Spotted Reading, and What HuffPo Thinks are “Classics”

I don’t follow many blogs, chiefly because I forget they exist. But I used to read from time to time the now-defunct “Bookish NYC.” My favorite bit was her “Seen on the Subway” wherein she’d match people’s descriptions and their … Continue reading

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Reading The Iliad

Say what you will about the Greeks, they knew a thing or two about talking trash: Ulysses knew that his hour was not yet come, but he gave ground and said to Socus, “Wretch, you shall now surely die. You … Continue reading

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Wodehouse, by Robert McCrum

Wodehouse: A Life, by Robert McCrum W. W. Norton & Co., 1994. 530 pages. I grew up watching episodes of Jeeves & Wooster on VHS; they were a birthday present from my mum to my dad, but by far I … Continue reading

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A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh This edition: Back Bay Books, 1999. Written 1934. 320 pages. The first text message I ever received from my mum read: “Just finished Brideshead. So depressed.” I laughed out loud in the middle … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein Riverhead Trade, 2009. 256 pages. If you are looking for pious hagiographies of Old Testament saints (and one from the New), look further. Goldstein’s little book of stories, portraits of biblical characters … Continue reading

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If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino (William Weaver, trans.) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979. 260 pages. Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler abandons traditional storytelling in its first lines, entering the realm of metanovel: … Continue reading

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