Category Archives: Meditations

How Ought We to Read?

And by that question, How Ought We to Read? I wonder both what we owe to ourselves and to authors. Carolyn Moynihan of MercatorNet.com wrote, last week, [I] made a start on a small classic, One Day In the Life of Ivan … Continue reading

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Hunting Harry Potter’s Heir

(You guys like alliterations? I’m pretty ambivalent on alliterations outside of Dr Seuss books, but I do like forcing them into post titles.) Publishers and booksellers are scrambling to find the next blockbuster book (or, preferably, book series).  Hollywood studios … Continue reading

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Thinking About Prose Poetry

As someone who has read some literature but has never studied it formally, I’m not clear on what makes prose poetry poetry. Is the defining factor authorial intent? I thought of this a couple of weeks ago or so when … 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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The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell Back Bay Books, 2002. 301 pages. I went to a Protestant Christian high school whereat there was every year a “chapel week,” which I suppose was … Continue reading

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