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Anthony Bourdain Saved my Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches my mind tends to wander to the topic of food.  I think about mashed potatoes frequently.  My mother’s stuffing is a close second.  I think about people sitting down for the Thanksgiving meal and the people who … Continue reading

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Viva la Beatles!

“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” opened in Austin last night at the Long Center. The show transports its audience back in time—to a time some of them still remember—the 1960s. Two large screens buttress the stage. A mimic of … Continue reading

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Summer Reading List

When I walked into a used bookstore located near Wilmington beach, I asked the helpful cashier to point me towards “light reading.” The overenthusiastic staff member tried to press Wharton and Twain on me. I explained that I’m a literature … Continue reading

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Louder than a Bomb

You watch “Louder than a Bomb” and you want to change the world. You are suddenly in awe of the talents you’ve been given, and you wonder if you are using them all, if you are working hard enough, if … Continue reading

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Common Readers and The Uncommon Reader

How do you choose only five books that every American should read? At least 100 would be a beginning, but five! On Facebook occasionally a list gets passed around of the books everyone should have read and people highlight how … Continue reading

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Beloved: Remembering Lost Things

I put off reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved for a long time, mostly because I had been horrified by her novel Song of Solomon when I was fourteen (not a book geared for teenagers: among other terrors, it includes a woman … Continue reading

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The Moviegoer, Quintessentially American

Harold Bloom calls The Moviegoer “a permanent American book,” placing the novel in the tradition of Mark Twain. He describes the protagonist Binx Bolling as “a kind of grown-up, ruefully respectable New Orleans version of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn”—leave it to … Continue reading

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