Category Reading

Land in Literature

The city has been the setting for most cultural expression. Movies, art, literature, music, and the stage have all flourished in urban environments. This has been true for all of human history. It has also been true that city life has filled the content of these mediums. Pastoral work has had its times, but the city […]

National Poetry Month & Other Links

April is National Poetry Month. I didn’t know this until I began to see some tweets about it over the weekend. I imagine that for all the unread and uncared for poets in America this is a BIG deal. We should celebrate them and what they do. Our society’s dismissal of the poet in favor […]

Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” Or Why I Now Appreciate Feminism

However rightly or wrongly I always associated Virginia Woolf with Sylvia Plath.* Other than her suicide I knew very little about Woolf or her work. My college years did little to change this. I only saw Woolf’s name in connection to either feminism or modern English writers alongside the likes of Eliot and Pound. Over my winter […]

Read Poetry!?

If you have read anything at all on my site, or just my books finished pages, you will have noticed that I read a nice variety of books. There is a large amount of literary fiction as well as theological/philosophical works in my reading diet. Last year though I began to read some poetry. I hadn’t […]

Monday: News Day I

This will begin a regular column, I hope, containing interesting book related news that I’ve read. Most of the news will come from the last week, but might be slightly older. Publisher’s Weekly recently posted a list of what two book critics/editors consider the 10 most difficult books. Click on the link and see how many […]

Borges: A Life

When most people think about Jorge Luis Borges one word typically comes to mind: who? Tragically this isn’t a joke. I know if it weren’t for a short story class during college I probably would never have heard of him either. No matter how many books I’ve read or author’s biographies I’ve read I can […]

Reading Habits

Every time a meet someone one of the first things I want to know is what book they’re reading, or how much they read, or what they read, or why, and you get the picture. I have learned not to ask any of these questions. I realize most “educated” people like to think they’re readers […]