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Stranger Things in the Age of Trump

[Spoiler alert for Stranger Things, “A Sound of Thunder,” and the feeling that everything is going to be all right.] I walk into the kitchen as my husband rushes out the door for work. “I’m halfway through an article on the Sandy … Continue reading

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Play Tennis

book Why are we here? (Rhetoric.) Is Prince Hamlet well? (Non sequitur.) Summoned from oblivion, entrapped in a play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play Questions, trading their tennis shots, sometimes slices, sometimes smashes. What does it all add up to? (That … Continue reading

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Reading the Classics

“We read to know we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx They say you can find yourself … Continue reading

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Driving in the Car with Anna Karenina

Trying to call up an old memory is like checking my wrist for the time and realizing I haven’t worn a watch in years. I stare blankly, trying to remember what I was looking for, but it’s not there anymore. … Continue reading

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My Antonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did

My Ántonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did Deep in the pages of My Ántonia, I was shocked to find that the fortunes of the title character, an impoverished Bohemian girl, had changed since the last time I’d read the … Continue reading

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Benign

A high school English teacher once warned me and my class that we may find the existential angst in The Stranger by Albert Camus upsetting. I was intrigued. I had never received a warning about reading a book before. I … Continue reading

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I am not Rebecca–a sort of book review

I despised the beginning of Rebecca, a tedious, drawn-out slog through the ruins of an English estate. And I felt scorn for the narrator, too, a fearful lower-class woman who married up and hid from the servants so they wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Join a Classics Book Club

The Internet is consuming more and more of my time. When we leave the house for anything, my boys groan when I have to “just check Facebook,” and it inevitably becomes a delay. So while reading classics isn’t really new … Continue reading

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