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David Rakoff wrote a whole novel in sing-song rhyme, like a Dr. Seuss book, and it has just been posthumously published. Not sure I like it, but below is a sample. I do like this couplet late in the recording, … Continue reading
When Mitt Romney loses the election today (as he almost certainly will), where in literature, aside from the Bible, might conservatives go to process that loss? James McGirk sees that processing coming most characteristically from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (1957). … Continue reading
I actually like Ayn Rand. I’m a liberal, and not an Objectivist, but I see liberal elements in her that are proper correctives to the extreme ideological directions sometimes taken by those on both the left and the right. And I owe … Continue reading
Sometimes people ask, “What’s the value of literature—of reading poems, stories, and plays? In other words, why might one go to literature for sustenance or reflection, as opposed to something else?” One of the reasons a person might “go to literature” is akin … Continue reading
Quote of the Day: “Got up. . . . Wrote book. Went out, bought bottle of wine. Came home, cooked dinner. Drank wine.”
From Michael Dirda’s review of Julian Barnes’s book, NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF: Beautifully done might also justly describe Nothing to Be Frightened Of. A friend once summed up Julian Barnes’s own daily existence: “Got up. . . . Wrote … Continue reading
Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeni declared a “fatwah” (a death sentence) on the British author Salmon Rushdie (for the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses). The Guardian has an excellent retrospective article on the whole mad and … Continue reading
Given Rush Limbaugh’s rather scurrilous attempts to paint Obama as someone stupid and shallow, I thought it might be important to revisit the issue of Obama’s reading habits as an adult, and what those habits say about him. Back in July, … Continue reading
In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Death in the Afternoon, a woman tells a man that she likes happy endings. The man replies: All endings are the same if you tell them long enough.