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Happy 90th birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

It felt distinctly like autumn today in my New England town. The temperatures have settled into the neighborhood of the 60s. There was a light breeze gently tugging golden leaves off their branches, sending them skipping and swirling. On these days, the word “blustery” comes to mind. It’s a blustery day, I’ll think. The word always invites… Continue reading Happy 90th birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

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The Reading Life: Lifestyle or cultural pursuit?

This week, I’ve been mulling over whether reading is primarily a lifestyle or primarily a cultural pursuit. Writing that sentence annoyed me. Because why must it be either/or? These false binaries are, irritatingly, everywhere. However, for the sake of filing newspaper stories, practical decisions have to be made. Does a story on, for example, hot new releases… Continue reading The Reading Life: Lifestyle or cultural pursuit?

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

“You know what the ancients said…” Growing up, I heard this phrase more times than I can count. The “ancients” referred to the ancient Greek philosophers, poets, playwrights, etc. I don’t know if this is true in all Greek families, but in mine, ancient wisdom was standard fare. One bit I remember my dad repeating (and… Continue reading Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

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For National Book Lovers Day, 5 Reasons to Read

The bookish interwebs are buzzing today with fun and funny tributes to National Book Lovers Day, celebrated on Aug. 9 each year. For some of us (like me!), every day is book lovers day. But I feel the spirit of setting aside one day a year to acknowledge and celebrate what you treasure. I mean,… Continue reading For National Book Lovers Day, 5 Reasons to Read

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I thought I was book quitter until I checked the stats

I thought this was going to be a piece in which I gleefully recount my exploits as a book quitter. I say “gleefully” because I heartily advocate reading the books we want to read. Outside the context of school or work requirements, reading isn’t a responsibility to anyone but oneself. So no one is obligated to… Continue reading I thought I was book quitter until I checked the stats

Reading Challenge 2016 · The Reading Life

Reckoning with #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in June

We’ve arrived at the halfway point of 2016, and for me, that means the halfway point of my commitment to read my own books this year. When I’ve done reading challenges before, they’ve been numbers based, along the lines of “I promise to read 100 books this year.” The numbers game hasn’t led to much… Continue reading Reckoning with #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in June

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What makes a short story collection work?

Short Story Month is celebrated in May, apparently. I only just discovered this a few days ago, perhaps because I read short stories at about the same rate I read poetry. Which is to say, not very often. (Though I might need to amend this where poetry is concerned as I’ve read three poetry books… Continue reading What makes a short story collection work?