My Favorite Reads of 2013

I promised a list of books I read in 2013 that left me thinking. Remember, these aren’t necessarily new books on the block, just ones I turned to this year. So here goes, the best first: Fiction: The Son, Philipp Meyer Black Dogs, Ian McEwan The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein […]

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A Magnificent Sprawl

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski Quite often it’s the flawed novels that stick to your ribs, not those approaching literary perfection, and this book is a great, magnificently flawed novel that I’ll find hard to forget. The story is one of the Sawtelle family, principally son Edgar, who was born without an […]

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Let Us Inspire You

Poets & Writers, January/February, 2014 To my mind P&W struggles to be worthwhile to the writer who has been around the block a few times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of spending a rainy afternoon reading. I love charts – especially when they indicate something substantial, and the mag’s “Anatomy of Awards” article […]

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Making a List

    Whew. No wonder I wear glasses. I’ve just taken account of the books I’ve read this year and the total comes to 36. I know, that doesn’t sound like a prodigious number, but I spend 3-4 hours a day writing my own stuff. Not an excuse – it’s simply to account for time […]

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Blue Collar Liberalism

Harper’s Magazine, December 2013 Harper’s continues to espouse an ethos that fits well in the jeans and work shirts of the laboring class. This cuts against the grain of most progressive thinking in the early days of the twenty-first century, but who’s to say they’re wrong? Thomas Frank bemoans (slightly) the political gentrification of Chicago, […]

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The Brave New Future

  Note: I occasionally post on magazines; I’ve always read them, and would seriously bemoan their passing. While I don’t have the time to do all the mags justice that I might have an interest in, I do try to post regularly on the ones I think have the most substance to offer readers.   […]

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