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'A Man of Genius,' A Conversation with Lynn Rosen

Photo: Lynn Rosen Lynn Rosen has lived in the Midwest, on the East Coast, and in Japan. After earning three graduate degrees at the University of Rochester, she served on its faculty. She was the Dean of Liberal Arts at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Show More Summary

Front Burner: Roman Cookbook Is History, Lost Dishes and Inspiration

“Tasting Rome” offers complex bread and curing recipes, and simpler crostini and chicken with tomatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Library Volunteering

Last month, we celebrated both National Library Week and National Volunteer Week.  The fact that these two national celebrations always coincide is apropos; I always say “If the library is doing it, volunteers probably do it, too.” Talking up our … Continue reading ?

Don DeLillo’s ‘Zero K’

In Don DeLillo’s 16th novel, a billionaire hopes to rid the world of death.

Going Places No One Else Goes: The Millions Interviews Pamela Erens

I knew from the start that Eleven Hours would be short, because of the time frame and because there were only so many uterine contractions I could describe without losing my shit. The post Going Places No One Else Goes: The Millions Interviews Pamela Erens appeared first on The Millions.

Welcome to the Bad Decisions Book Club

Ever since I was old enough to read on my own, I’ve been making terrible decisions regarding books and basic time management. I’m normally a fairly organized and responsible person. I file my taxes on time. My library books are never overdue. Show More Summary

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 4

In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as […]

Wishes by Jude Deveraux

THIS BOOK WAS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. (I was promised ridiculous and then I got it.) The premise is this: Berni, a New York socialite, dies of a heart attack, and ends up in Purgatory. She hasn’t led a bad life compared to some, but she doesn’t have enough credit to make it to heaven without performing some good deeds. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Brendan Jones

Brendan Jones talks about his debut novel, The Alaskan Laundry, living in Alaska, his time as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and living and loving what you write.

Review: Jenny Diski’s ‘In Gratitude,’ an Uphill Life on and Off Cancer Road

The essayist and novelist, who died last week at 68, has written a different kind of cancer memoir, and an almost entirely platitude-free one.

Little Sugarcoating in Cao Wenxuan’s Children’s Books

The chaotic years of the Cultural Revolution in China form the backdrop for many of his stories.

Felt Time

“As phenomenological philosophy has determined, self-consciousness is not a mental state that is added on to our experience, or that is particular; rather, it is a feature inherent in all experience. My perception contains me.” SendShow More Summary

Chernobyl’s Literary Legacy

When Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize earlier this year, her horrifying and poetic book Voices From Chernobyl exposed a great many readers to the Chernobyl disaster. Now, this piece from The...Show More Summary

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts has been one of my go-to authors since I was a junior in high school, which is a lot longer ago than I care to admit. I’ve built boats with the Quinns, cast spells with the Three Sisters, searched for the three keys, and battled vampires with the circle. Show More Summary

Beauty In Things Exists

Recommended Reading: On Scottish philosopher David Hume and cultivating an effective philosophy which “understands the world in which it operates.” The post Beauty In Things Exists appeared first on The Millions.

If You Can Dream

In today’s installment of “The Unpopular Opinion,” Malcolm Jones for The Daily Beast thinks that it’s high time that we let Rudyard Kipling out of the penalty box. Jones argues that, while Kipling may have written a lot of “jingoistic...Show More Summary

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

I disliked this book. Let me revise that: I liked the heroine but found the hero, the story and the writing objectionable. The story starts with our hero – let’s call him Douche Canoe – cut off from funds by his asshole older brother and about to leave society to become a Bow Street runner. Show More Summary

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