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“My Goodness, These Are Very Deep Questions You’€™re Asking Me. Why Don’€™t You Ask Me What My Favorite Color Is, Or My Favorite Pop Group?”

Wonderful thoughtful interview with John Banville about his new book The Infinities. I would listen to him talk about his favorite pop group, for sure. I would listen to him tell me his grocery list. If you go back through … Continue reading

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2008 Books Read

… in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time. I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have … Continue reading

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The Sea, by John Banville

Another excerpt from The Sea, by John Banville. I am beginning to realize the essential bleakness at the heart of the book. I think I resisted it, although it was apparent that it would not be a laugh-riot. This is … Continue reading

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The Sea, by John Banville

It was difficult to decide what to read after the sweeping majesty and horror of Blood Meridian: – but I decided to pick up The Sea, by the great John Banville. It won the Booker, causing much brou-haha in literary … Continue reading

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Booker Prize Brou-Haha

People are literally having nervous breakdowns and going into apoplexy because John Banville won the Booker. I mean – the op-eds I’ve read are so doom-laden that they sound kind of insane. Here’s one example. Here’s John Sutherland’s response to … Continue reading

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