Monthly Archives: December 2012

Torvald, Torvald, You Bastard, I’m Through: Thoughts on A Doll House After Reading it for What I Hope to God is the Very Last Time (by Bethany)

I don’t know what I can say about this play. Of course it’s good – if anything, it’s a model (or THE model) of what a modern play should look like. Of course it’s socially and culturally important. Of course … Continue reading

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A Review of Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries (by Bethany)

Héctor Tobar’s The Barbarian Nurseries is Native Son updated for an audience that believes itself (and, OK, usually really is) more enlightened than the police officers, lawyers, reporters, and citizens who intimidated, trapped, convicted, and executed Bigger Thomas. It’s also … Continue reading

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It’s A Christmas Miracle! A review of Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending (by Jill)

It’s interesting that this book came along when it did, while I am in the midst of re-reading a bunch of books I first read as a teenager.  It is a meditation on memory and is not that heavy on … Continue reading

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A Review of Lorrie Moore’s Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (by Bethany)

A professor of mine once said that The Great Gatsby is the perfect novel, except for one thing. “Fitzgerald never manages to convince me,” he said, “that the voice telling the story really comes from a stockbroker.” This is a … Continue reading

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The Three Problems with Magic Realism – And Other Thoughts on Salman Rushdie’s Shame (by Bethany)

The first problem with magic realism is that everyone who writes it, no matter where he or she is from and what he or she is writing about it, seems to be trying to write a sentence as good as … Continue reading

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Wherein I (finally) share my final thoughts on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (by Jill)

I really thought I would blaze through Jane Eyre this time around, but it took me two weeks, and I was worried I wouldn’t finish by the end of November.  I’m sure when I was twelve it took me even … Continue reading

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In Which I Give Free Reign to Some Unresolved Anger Issues: Pre-Reading Notes on Ibsen’s A Doll House and Hedda Gabler (by Bethany)

Literature is full of sympathetic jackasses. If you’ve been following the discussion in the comments section of my Jane Eyre review (which I recommend, by the way – it’s much more interesting than the review itself), you’ll know that I … Continue reading

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