just an old fashioned love song
He’d turned twenty-five, the Age of Unfolding, and it was time to write a...– Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
deWitt vs. DeWitt
Week #5: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt Week #6: Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt I found these books side by side on a shelf at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Both won bids for The Morning News’ Tournament of Books. I figured it might be fun to compare these as if I was the TMN tournament judge. Charlie and Eli Sisters are the Sisters Brothers of the first title. The men are...
because she loved to read
Week #5: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides One of my favorite Pulitzer-prize winning novels is Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (a winner in 2003). When I heard that Eugenides was releasing his first new novel in eight years, I jumped to add the novel to the top of my Christmas wish list. After reading Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, I was surprised to find that The Marriage Plot is a...
One reason radio is superior to TV is that radio has better pictures.– Jim Stagnitto, WNYC engineer. (via wnyc)
She wanted a book to take her places she couldn’t get to herself.– Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
A novel within a play preceding an introduction...
Week #4: The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips Smart, brave, funny, imaginative – these adjectives all describe Arthur Phillips’ faux memoir. For the first few pages of this novel, I was confused about whether I had picked up an autobiography or a work of nonfiction or a truly new Shakespeare play. Arthur Phillips is both the author and the name of the main character, making this uncertainty...
the cuss you are