Christopher Sjoholm wrote:WSS- nice list and use of free time- have you ever read Johnson's Stars at Noon or Fiskadoro? Recommend them highly. The second is as close to Herman Melville's prose beauty as I have ever seen a post Melville writer get.
Jack of All Parades wrote:You touch deeply on a tricky point for me. Space and its limitations in a marriage- expecially for my books. My vanity, too, has always been that I would be able to hand down my collected volumes and beloved Poetry collection to my heirs. Have I ever been disabused of this notion! My girls have little interest in Dad's collection unless to pilfer from it from time to time if a given book catches their fancy. Every visit to the glorious Strand Bookstore in NYC disabuses me of the notion that I have a collection that will pass on to posterity.
I, like you, will acknowledge that the device has use, particularly with Journals and newspapers and magazines which are far more disposable in my eyes. But it will never replace my Oxford Shakespeare for example- that is too well thumbed and annotated.
Jack of All Parades wrote:A Jane Austen Education-How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz. Initially thought this would be cutesy as urged upon me by my daughter. Turned out to be quite entertaining and stimulating in its discussions. I have never been the biggest Austenphile so this was a stretch for me. The life lessons that this author elaborates on in detail as he looks at each major novel are affirming and most common sensical- I particularly was intrigued by the discussion of Sense and Sensibility and how 'Love is about growing up, not staying young[witness the song signature name]- true love is a 'never-ending clash of opinions and perspectives' where 'if your lover is already just like you, then neither of you has anywhere to go.' Deresiewicz magically makes these seemingly 'moldy' classics come to life as he uses them to frame a consideration of what is truly valuable in his real life. He makes Austen and her 'life visions' very relevant in the 21st century. A good read.
Who Shot Sam? wrote:I just started on Matthew Kneale's "English Passengers".
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