Tag Archives: William Styron

2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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The Books: Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey; ‘Strands’, by Rose Styron

On the essays shelf: Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression edited by Nell Casey. Another essay from Unholy Ghost, a collection with different writers writing about their experience with depression. I have written before about William Styron’s Darkness Visible, an indispensable … Continue reading

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Speaking of Churchill’s “Black Dog”…

… which I always seem to be doing these days, no surprise there, here is a terrific review by James Wolcott in London Review of Books of the collected letters of William Styron. I have written before about Styron’s searing … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘A Hard Case’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. The next essay I want to excerpt is called ‘A Hard Case’, a review of a new biography on Primo Levi, by Carol Angier. Acocella, like many … Continue reading

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The Books: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Next book on the Memoir/Letters/Journals shelf is Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron When Italian chemist and writer Primo Levi killed himself in 1987, much of the response was one of almost baffled … Continue reading

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