• Maria Popova’s Animated Essay: Wisdom in the Age of Information In this stunning collaboration with animator Drew Christie, Maria Popova parses the difference between wisdom and knowledge and ends with a question we should all be asking ourselves. Popova, the brain behind the phenomenal intellect and arts blog Brain Pickings, teamed up with Christie for the Future of Storytelling Conference. “A great story invites an […]
  • I am the Common Reader: Virginia Woolf on pleasure, reading, & the survival of literature Despite her knowledge of Greek and her voracious reading of the classics, Virginia Woolf considered herself a self-taught reader. As a woman, she had been denied the illustrious Oxford education that the men in her family enjoyed. As it turns out, her lack of affectation, her insistence on taking pleasure in reading, is what makes her […]
  • Kayak Morning by Roger Rosenblatt, and other books on grief I first came across the work of Roger Rosenblatt at a local bookstore, where the paperback of his memoir, Making Toast, was on display on the front table. When Rosenblatt’s 38-year-old daughter died suddenly of a heart defect no one knew she had, he and his wife Ginny moved in with their widowed son-in-law to […]
  • Pure by Julianna Baggott Pure, by Julianna Baggott A powerful post-apocalyptic novel by the author of more than a dozen books for children and adults. In the Dome live the Pures, persons who escaped the Detonations that destroyed most of Earth. Outside live the wretches, the ravaged survivors whose bodies fused with objects, animals, and each other during the […]
  • Little Children, by Tom Perotta It took me a long time to get around to reading this book.  I kept hearing the title, Little Children, bandied about, and it kept getting great reviews, but it was the title that turned me off. I knew there was a pedophile in the book; that knowledge, combined with the title, convinced me it […]
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