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From What I’m Reading

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I’m reading The Wings of the Dove by Henry James and this quotation stood out:

“Oh,” he laughed, “I like her so much; and then, for a man of my trade,
her views, her spirit, are essentially a thing to get hold of; they
belong to the great public mind that we meet at every turn and that we
must keep setting up ‘codes’ with. Besides,” he added, “I want to
please her personally.”

I liked that a reporter or journalist would so appreciate such a mind.

Has a quotation stood out in your reading?

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Posted by on June 11, 2018 in 19th Century, American Lit, classic, fiction

 

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Silent Sunday

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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in fiction, postaweek, Silent Sunday

 

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The Secret Knowledge

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David Mamet shares his journey from liberal to conservative and offers his understanding of his past beliefs and the strengths of his more traditional views in The Secret Knowledge. The book is well written and Mamet offers insights that never occurred to me. I think it’s good practice to taken in insights from a wide variety of perspectives and with that in mind, I got a lot out of The Secret Knowledge. 

If you’ve seen or read, Mamet’s plays, you won’t be surprised by his forceful writing. He packs a punch, which is probably why he likes boxing.

Published in 2014, Mamet doesn’t comment on the Trump Presidency, but he does examine the 60s, 70s, and on up to 2012. He is well read and thoughtful.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2018 in contemporary, essay, fiction, non-fiction, postaweek

 

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Books on Islam

For Ramadan, Farah of A BookTube Book, shares her TBR books that center on Islam.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2018 in BookTube, fiction, non-fiction

 

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TBR: Dostoyevsky

To be read – Dostoyevsky – right after I finish The Wings of the Dove.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in 19th Century, fiction, Russian Literature

 

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Poem of the Week

I had to share this one by George, the Poet.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in fiction, poetry

 

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Parisian Charm School

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In Parisian Charm School Jamie Cat Callan provides an orientation to the uninitiated to the to élan of Paris. Her lessons on fashion, color, use of voice, flirtation and such explain why the French have such elegance and poise. In addition, she gives the names of tour guides and teachers with businesses that give unique experiences to English speakers.

The book is a fun read, that gives a romantic look at all things French. It’s far from a complete or sociological look at the City of Lights. I thoroughly enjoyed Callan’s writing, but realize that like any country France has its pros and cons and that a lot of the tours or experiences would be pricey. So remove your rose-colored glasses before you sell your house and move to Paris in search of amour.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in book review, non-fiction, Travel Writing

 

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