Monthly Archives: April 2009

Charles Dickens, “Little Dorrit”

Man, I hate crying on the subway. I was just sniffling gently and seeping tears, but you feel so exposed. And slightly embarrassed. Oscar Wilde famously wrote that “One would have to have a heart of stone to read the … Continue reading

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Sara Gruen, “Riding Lessons”

Two points to think about here: aspirations and authority. 1/ Not everybody is writing Moby Dick. Some books have smaller ambitions, and what matters is whether or not the author meets the goals she’s set. Sara Gruen’s Riding Lessons might … Continue reading

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Ruth Rendell, “The Water’s Lovely”

Finishing this book I felt the words of a pop song eluding me: something along the lines of  “Is it you, is it me, I don’t feel it the way I used to…” (Am I wrong to be thinking Gordon … Continue reading

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