Category Archives: Nonfiction – Literary Studies

A Review of John Kaag’s American Philosophy: A Love Story

If nothing else, this memoir will make book lovers everywhere envious of John Kaag. Some six or seven years before he wrote this book, Kaag was in rural New Hampshire helping to organize a conference on William James. He was … Continue reading

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Early Thoughts on David Denby’s Lit Up and on High School English in General

I’ve read almost nothing this week. I’ve been scrambling to finish some freelance jobs and other side work (bacon must be brought home, and so forth – preferably organic bacon), and I have several blog posts in progress, all of … Continue reading

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A Review of Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Novels Like a Professor (by Bethany)

Even a bookblogger needs a refresher course sometimes. I’ve found Thomas C. Foster’s books How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Twenty-Five Novels That Shaped America enormously helpful in my work as a teacher and as a reader. I … Continue reading

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A Review of James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

I thoroughly enjoyed this intense study of the year 1606 in the life and career of William Shakespeare, though I thought that an equally appropriate subtitle for the book would have been “England in 1606.” I’m not suggesting that Shakespeare … Continue reading

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A Review of Richard Rodriguez’s Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father (by Bethany)

Richard Rodriguez’s memoir Hunger of Memory has been a favorite of mine ever since I first read it as a freshman in college. The American-born son of Mexican immigrants, Rodriguez wrote in that book about juggling two cultures: the close-knit, … Continue reading

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A Review of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

I’m a little sorry that Feminism Month is almost over. I knew from the beginning that my goals were too ambitious, but I’m still sorry I didn’t reread Mating, which is one of my favorite contemporary novels, and I also … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Writers’ Workspaces and on Alice Munro’s “The Office”

There’s no question that Alice Munro’s short story “The Office” – from her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, published in 1968 – was written with Virginia Woolf in mind. The story’s opening paragraph is an arrow pointing directly … Continue reading

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