Tag Archives: Books

Teen dreams — on my nightstand

I read more than my share of comic books and Choose Your Own Adventure entries, so don’t think I was born holding a Signet Classic copy of The Golden Bowl. Here are the titles that most shaped me as a … Continue reading

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We’ll get by, I suppose — a farewell to 2016 and all that

On the last day of 2016, I can’t dispel the mephitic vapors of an autumn that in South Florida never cooled and an election season that didn’t and won’t end. I published some of my finest work. I read, deeply, … Continue reading

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What I read in 2016

I omitted books I’ve reread (Tender is the Night, A Modern Instance) and short story and poetry collections. Christopher Isherwood – Mr. Norris Changes Trains David Talbot – The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s … Continue reading

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What do Warren Burger and RFK have in common?

Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse and – The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right With his windswept cottonball hair and authoritative burr, Warren Burger looked the part of a chief justice to a boy growing up … Continue reading

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‘Leave what you die for and be safe to die’

Wake me up when November ends. Here’s William Empson’s “The Teasers,” suitably grim. Happy November. Not but they die, the teasers and the dreams, Not but they die, and tell the careful flood To give them what they clamour for … Continue reading

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Perlstein: How a Trump loss might ‘wipe the slate clean’ for conservatism

Rick Perlstein, premier analyst of the conservative movement since 1960, explains how Donald Trump is Culmination and Aberration: Isaac Chotiner: Ideologically and strategically, how do you think Trump’s loss will be understood among Republicans? Perlstein: I’m kind of famous for … Continue reading

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‘The man who claims authority…is an object of distrust and resentment’

“America has always been a country of amateurs where the professional, that is to say, the man who claims authority as a member of an elite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust … Continue reading

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Adverbs – the siren’s call

A few weeks ago I posted a list of words and phrases I want my students to shun. I also tell them to think twice before using adverbs, specifically the subcategory known as intensifiers (“It was super hot”; “It was … Continue reading

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‘A person does not lightly elect to oppose a society’ — Baton Rouge and St. Paul

By the time James Baldwin published No Name in the Street in 1972 the American left was heaving from the fissures created by a movement that had so rattled the political elites that not only had a fealty to exposing … Continue reading

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Reading roundup

Paul Mariani — The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens To pass from Hart Crane to this vice president of Hartford Accident and Indemnity is like going from a brothel to a storage closet. Paul Mariani, Crane’s biographer, surely … Continue reading

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The triumph of irony: ‘Love & Friendship’

Kate Beckinsale made her film debut in Kenneth Branagh’s broad-as-a-barn Much Ado About Nothing, in which she projected quiet good sense as Hero. The problem with being a British actor is that you remain a British actor, cast as if … Continue reading

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On the real queerness

Between November 2004 — when I reluctantly settled on “blogging” (when I could still scare it with scare quotes) and still could defend placing the neologism in quotation marks — and today I’ve discussed books maybe a dozen times if … Continue reading

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