- Celebrity by W. S. Moore, III
- The Idyll of Red Gulch by Francis Bret Harte
- Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson
- An Imaginative Woman by Thomas Hardy
- Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad
- Built To Last – “William Trevor’s story collection is frequently melancholy, concerned with loss and disappointment, but warmed with radiant moments of grace or acceptance.”
- Sunset Park by Paul Auster – “An estranged father-son relationship is the center of [Paul Auster’s latest] novel that examines how what we take for granted can come apart.”
Commentary and Criticism
- Making Moral Sense of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim
- The Quotidian of Love – “Revisiting the short fiction of a minimalist master, in search of what will make it last.
- Fantasy Not Just For the Young – Salman Rushdie lists some of his favorite fiction.
- 10 Essential Books from the Last 25 Years – One of which illustrates “socialism’s inherent failings.
- A Libertarian Critique of Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day
News and Miscellany
- Is the iPad Killing the Kindle?
- University of Chicago offers novel by Anthony Powell free as an E-Book during December – A Question of Upbringing, Book 1 of A Dance to the Music of Time trilogy.
- ‘I’m sorry Mr Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language’ – Rejection comments received by famous authors.
- Daily Lit – Alan Jacobs points out a website that emails book installments to readers.
- Flipping Through e-Readers: A skeptic becomes a believer.
Poetry Corner – Emily Dickinson
A charm invests a face
The lady dare not lift her veil
For fear it be dispelled.
But peers beyond her mesh,
And wishes, and denies,-
Lest interview annul a want
That image satisfies.
Father, I bring thee not myself,-
That were the little load;
I bring thee the imperial heart
I had not strength to hold.
The heart I cherished in my own
Till mine too heavy grew,
Yet strangest, heavier since it went,
Is it too large for you?
The Writing Life
- Wright’s Writing Corner: Writing the Great Book–Part 1, What Makes a Book Great?
- Beware the Trap of ‘Bore-geous’ Writing