Category Archives: Reading

January Reading (From the Books)

I’m going to try, in 2022, to write a monthly recap of the books (and other things) I read each month. I had a good reading month and am well on my way to meeting my annual goal of 52 … Continue reading

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Bridges

There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them. —The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller In a real way, an era of my life … Continue reading

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From the Books: “This Will All Be Over Soon” by Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong is one of my favorite performers on what is a very strong present cast on Saturday Night Live. In fact, this particular season she is getting featured a lot more than usual, possibly because Kate McKinnon has been on … Continue reading

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“I shall read you to the bitter end!” vowed the Reader….

An interesting discussion erupted over on Twitter the other day, occasioned by this tweet: 'It's an insult to authors not to finish every book you start' – strong stuff from my excellent colleague @ruhawksley (I took 'A Suitable Boy' away … Continue reading

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From the Books: Why We Swim

Sometimes people cite the lack of browsing as a reason why it sucks that the independent bookstore has fallen on hard times in these, the Days of Amazon and other online retailers. And that’s true: one of the great joys … Continue reading

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From the Books: SO MANY WAYS TO LOSE

It’s been my experience that any baseball fan will hate at least one of New York City’s two teams, either the Yankees or the Mets. I’ve never really hated either, which makes me an outlier, I suppose. I just like … Continue reading

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Reading in Review: 2019

Greetings, Programs! The last few years I’ve adopted a self-challenge on Goodreads to keep my reading on track: 52 books a year. And I’ve been successful, so, yay, me! Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. It’s fuel … Continue reading

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