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Looking at my recent reading, I almost wonder if I have entered a time warp

It is funny how sometimes the old can become new again. When I was 23, back in 1997, I thought I was burned out on reading histories. Back then, I thought that if I had to endure one more dip into primary source material, one more monograph, that I might explode. Show More Summary

Walt Whitman, Poetry and Prose

1 I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. Was it doubted...Show More Summary

Received an ARC copy of The Big Book of Science Fiction recently

Because I don't care to give away everything, since it's a flash fiction that I translated for The Big Book of Science Fiction (edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer), let's just say that there's something within the introduction that's an added bonus for readers. Show More Summary

A brief update

Was busier than expected the past couple of weeks, with some times of frustration mixed in that left me with little time (or mood) to blog. Going to be busy again this week, as I have my fourth 5K race of the year on Saturday and I have a few long runs to do (going to run a 10K by autumn). Show More Summary

Here's some of the music I'm listening to while reading this weekend

I've never really discussed it much here, but music is very important to me. I listen to it during nearly hour-long commutes, when I go running on the streets or treadmill (but never when trail running, as there is natural music there for me to take in), or when I'm reading late at night. Show More Summary

So it seems the sky has been falling since I last wrote a blog entry

In nearly two months, it would seem for some people, a lot of important things have happened. Something about some puppies trying to get people mad while ultimately getting pounded in the butt by a butt, I think. Something else about...Show More Summary

Personal news and an upcoming book review you never knew you wanted me to review

I've been busy the past couple of weeks training for my first 5K race, which was this morning. Although I didn't break my personal best due to the cooler temps and being unaccustomed to running uphill (I usually run on a relatively flat...Show More Summary

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches

Bartram and his little son, while they were talking thus, sat watching the same lime-kiln that had been the scene of Ethan Brand's solitary and meditative life, before he began his search for the Unpardonable Sin. Many years, as we have seen, had now elapsed, since that portentous night when the IDEA was first developed. Show More Summary

Herman Melville, Mardi

Her name was Yillah. And hardly had the waters of Oroolia washed white her olive skin, and tinged her hair with gold, when one day strolling in the woodlands, she was snared in the tendrils of a vine. Drawing her into its bowers, it gently transformed her into one of its blossoms, leaving her conscious soul folded up in the transparent petals. Show More Summary

Herman Melville, Typee and Omoo

In a primitive state of society, the enjoyments of life, though few and simple, are spread over a great extent, and are unalloyed; but Civilization, for every advantage she imparts, holds a hundred evils in reserve; – the heart burnings,...Show More Summary

Beginning a new reading project

I have been busy the past three weekends, boxing up roughly 1500 books, magazines, literary journals, and CDs and moving them into a new shed that a cousin of mine built for this purpose. It was interesting to have certain memories well...Show More Summary

A few things I resolve to do in 2016

A couple of days late (having to work Friday combined with recovering from a mild bout of bronchitis), but I thought I'd post a few New Year's Resolutions here for people curious about such things (and for me to reference later in the year):1. Show More Summary

So it's been a long time since I've blogged anywhere

I had fully intended to resume regular blogging this autumn after taking a hiatus of sorts to recharge my mental batteries. But instead, a few things conspired to occupy my time: having to study for two Praxis exams so I could add aShow More Summary

April-August 2015 Reads

The paucity of books listed here should give the reader here an idea just how little I have read so far this year in comparison to previous years, when I would usually have read 250-300 books by now. I think I'll be reading quite a bit...Show More Summary

Belatedly, The OF Blog Turns 11

Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of this blog, but as was par for the course this year, I was a bit too busy (jogging 7.63 miles that night) to celebrate it until now. But really, there are things to celebrate even now, even though...Show More Summary

Some more brief thoughts on the 2015 Hugo Awards

. No, I have more to say than I did a few months ago when the finalists were announced. I haven't really had much to say on those awards (or pretty much, any awards longlist or shortlist these past few months) because I have spent much of the year not reading. Show More Summary

Renovatio blogis

I said four months ago (using April Fool's Day as a cover) that I was contemplating shuttering this blog after nearly eleven years. There were many reasons why I had reduced my blogging frequency (and by extension, my overall onlineShow More Summary

A serendipitous discovery

A little over a week ago I went shopping at my favorite Nashville used bookstore, McKay Books. As usual while waiting for my books to be processed for trade credit, I browsed through the Foreign Language section (typically, somewhere...Show More Summary

Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

In evaluating certain literary works, conventional, tried-and-true approaches sometimes must be jettisoned. This certainly has proven to be the case with the recently-released Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman. Much (e-)ink has been...Show More Summary

A little personal update before resuming reviews

As I've said before on a few occasions, 2015 to date has been devoted much more to improving my health (2014's kidney stone and back injuries wreaked havoc on my body shape and health) than reading or translation work. Back in January,...Show More Summary

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