BLOGLILY

“The most recent evidence of the complete hold Jeeves and Wooster have taken on our life is the long conversation we recently had about who we’d rather be: Jeeves or Wooster. Careful consideration was given to how smart Jeeves is, and how Bertie Wooster’s head is frequently referred to as a “lemon.””

INCURABLE LOGOPHILIA

“I read. I read because I’m curious. Because I crave alternative realities to my own. Because I want a book to show me how to unravel experience, unravel life, in a way that my own brain can’t manage alone. I read because books exist.”

NECESSARY ACTS OF DEVOTION

“We have volumes exquisite for their photographic plates, despite a detached upper board. We have examples of the most luxurious margins in books that shiver and shake. We have one of a ten-volume set, and nine of a ten-volume set, awaiting the glorious reunion with their kin.”

PAGES TURNED

 “I carried the book with me as I wandered through the rest of the shelves. Periodically I opened it and read a bit of dialogue, a line or two from the lengthier paragraphs. After noticing that a character is reading the Combray section of Swann’s Way, I took the book to the front of the store and purchased it.”

SO MANY BOOKS

“The problem with reading a book about the history of western philosophy is that one encounters authors/philosophers that one has heard about but never read. I am now faced with the decision to either make it a point to read them or consign them to the bin of “books I’d like to read if I were immortal.””

OF BOOKS AND BICYCLES

“How can you read this passage and have any desire whatsoever to criticize this poor author? How could you heartlessly attack this novel after the author so kindly refrained from asking you not to attack it?”

THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS

 “I realize that this is a terribly unfair statement, and that a great deal of lit crit does, in fact, recognize and even celebrate the pleasure that leaps from the pages when we open books. However, I still have a very difficult time escaping those ghosts, and, as a result, I have been formulating in the back of my mind a series of short essays about that I am calling … “The Joy of Text.””

50 BOOKS

“I don’t know about the toddler(s) in your life, but one thing I’ve learned about the one in mine is this: you’re not going to get him all the way through the reading of a story unless you make a complete ass of yourself.”

TALES FROM THE READING ROOM

“Oh this is a black and disturbing text, under its shiny circus costume, and the company comes to grief in its overambitious journey and must face down any number of demons, conflicts, disasters and deaths before the end is reached.”

MAGNIFICENT OCTOPUS

“So Thursday night, we dump the kid and, running short on time, splurge on a $4 cab ride to Boulevard Saint-Laurent, to an annex of the very same establishment where I occasionally drop in to buy art from their funky refurbished art-dispensing cigarette machines, and plonk down 15 bucks apiece to enjoy the privilege of watching Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, and 2 other bands too.”

(More to follow.)

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