September Reading

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I only read two lousy books in September. (The photo above comes from the wonderful Library of Congress stream on, which I have featured before on this blog.) I only read two lousy books this month!  Geez.  How embarrassing.  Normally, I try to get three of them done, plus a few interesting magazine articles […]

Roald Dahl, Author

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Today is the birthday of Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl, who was born on this date in 1916 in Wales, is of course best-known for his children’s books.  Following is a partial list of his best known titles for youngsters–chances are you’ve read some of these: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Matilda The BFG  James and […]

Out-of-Print Salinger

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Your bookstore only sells four books by J.D. Salinger, but there is more out there for you if you (or your wife) is up for some bargain-hunting. Go to a bookstore, and you’re only going to find four books by J. D. Salinger.  There’s Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories, and the […]

January Reading

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Here’s what I’ve been reading.  How’s about you? 1. Hard Times, by E.L. Doctorow My year started off the right way when I received a copy of E.L. Doctorow’s Welcome to Hard Times in the mail from my good friend James of the blog Ready When You Are, C.B.  James and I were roommates for our […]

Me vs. The Victorian Novel

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I tried reading Persuasion.  I really did. I am aware that I have blind spots in my education, and I feel more than a little bit of anxiety about the fact that I haven’t read everything that I wish I had.  Consequently, when I have some time to read, I go to the bookstore and […]

Bad Reviews of Great Books

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Not everyone agrees with me, and I’m cool with that.  Here’s what people on had to say about some of my favorite novels. 1. Ironweed by William Kennedy “WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME! I had to read Ironweed. I admit that the beginning was horribly slow, but I had faith that things would pick […]