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One of my big resolutions for 2014 (and there are several) is to keep up with this blog, comprehensive exams be damned. The only problem, of course, is that I won’t be able to pick up a novel for at … Continue reading
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is nothing if not a good read, and it’s for precisely this reason that I hesitate to, well, read too much into it. The novel is artfully paced, different enough to know you’re not wasting your … Continue reading
“Werther identifies himself with the madman, with the footman. As a reader, I can identify myself with Werther. Historically, thousands of subjects have done so, suffering, killing themselves, dressing, perfuming themselves, writing as if they were Werther (songs, poems, candy … Continue reading
It’s September and I’m back to being a full-time graduate student, so posts/reviews will be intermittent (good thing I have a substantial backlog, because I’m not sure I’ll have the chance to read a book for “pleasure” until Christmas break. … Continue reading
Samantha Power’s 2002 book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, must have been quite an undertaking. The book recaps not just the US response to the genocides of the twentieth … Continue reading
Edith Wharton, while not British herself, is usually placed firmly in the camp of Victorian novelists like Jane Austen, George Eliot and Charlotte Brontë, but her books twist the genre in one crucial way: Wharton doesn’t like happy endings. No … Continue reading
Well, I finally read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the “controversial” 2009 memoir by Amy Chua, a Yale Law professor married to another Yale Law professor, who raised two daughters, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu), the “Chinese way.” (Chua’s husband, for what … Continue reading