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Book Review: Books On Fire

Books On Fire:  The Destruction Of Libraries Throughout History, by Lucien X. Polastron Among those who love books and libraries  there is an understandable undercurrent of fear about the threats faced to the preservation (much less the increase) of knowledge … Continue reading

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Book Review: Library: An Unquiet History

Library:  An Unquiet History, by Matthew Battles In reading this book I was struck by my own fondness for libraries and their vulnerability.  To be sure, libraries have always had a purpose and agenda wherever they have been found, and … Continue reading

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On The Creation Of Genres

How does one know when one has created a new genre of anything?  This is not as easy a question to answer as one may think.  To be sure, there are genres of literature and music that have been deliberately … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Genre Of Sermonette

For at least three periods of my adult life (first, from 2004 to 2006, then from 2011 and 2012, and from 2015 to the present-day), I have been a writer and a speaker in an obscure genre of religious writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Letters To Sartre

Letters To Sartre, by Simone De Beauvoir, translated and edited by Quintin Hoare I am perhaps the wrong person to be reading a book like this.  Generally speaking, one reads the letters of others when one has an interest in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Collected Prose Of Robert Frost

The Collected Prose Of Robert Frost, edited by Mark Richardson Did you know that Robert Frost, for the period of a couple years, wrote a series of short stories about chickens for a poultry magazine?  I did not, and I … Continue reading

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But Is It Necessary?

One of the obvious insights that one gains from reading a lot of books as I do is the understanding that a lot of books are simply not necessary.  The question of necessity, though, depends much on the specific purposes … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right

Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right, by Ambroe Bierce and Jan Freeman This is a complicated book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing as well.  Once upon a time I came across … Continue reading

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They Did Not Enlarge The Circle Of Her Acquaintance

Recently I was reading a biography of Jane Austen (review forthcoming) and I found a rather poignant extended quotation about the life and social circle of Jane Austen from her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh, who was one of her first … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Made-Up Self

The Made-Up Self:  Impersonation In The Personal Essay, by Carl H. Klaus In many ways, this is the sort of effort that could only be in an age as obsessed with irony and meta-analysis as our own is.  To wit, … Continue reading

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