Category Archives: personal

My Library Pile

It’s out of control. I’m writing a post about it to ease my anxiety about this. Why can’t I just read some of my own books?! Because browsing the library website is fun. And the new is always more tempting … Continue reading

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“Brain Groove” Books

Over my winter break I re-read Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, a childhood favorite–starting on Midwinter Eve, as the book does, and finishing January 2nd. I was prompted by a Twitter readalong hosted by the writer Robert Macfarlane, though I didn’t … Continue reading

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My Year in Reading, 2017

I started this year reading Serious Non-Fiction for This Political Era (most of which I’ve forgotten) and binge-listening to Agatha Christie. And in many years that was the kind of year it was: outrage and escapism. But in the second … Continue reading

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I just submitted my final grades and I’m hoping to write a proper post soon. But in the meantime…. A couple of days ago I went to the library to return a pile of unread books I knew I wasn’t … Continue reading

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At this time of year I always feel that endings and beginnings are colliding like two weather fronts and brewing up a giant storm in my life. On the one hand, there’s end of term business: I’m grading papers and … Continue reading

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