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Book recs on Instagram, plus other news

  I read a lot. I love talking about books. And, I enjoy taking photos of books that bring out their inner beauty. (That is an exaggeration, because I am not that skilled. While my dad has taught me some photographic basics, my approach is still “experiment by taking a million shots, then see what...

The disruptive narrative in Don Quixote

Cervantes has a habit of interrupting his stories at critical moments. For example, in Chapter VIII, Character-Cervantes (as I discuss in my post Don Quixote: Meta-Masterpiece) interrupts the story of Don Quixote’s battle with the Basque to tell us he doesn’t actually know the ending. Or, for example, the story of Cardenio, which the unfortunate...

My favorite books from 2018

I wanted to do a round up of the best books I read last year, but choosing my five favorites was predictably difficult. I decided to set myself a few parameters: No books I reviewed, no books that are part of a series I started in previous years, no Star Wars, and no more than...

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups. I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year. Still, I made some...

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

I first read this book as a senior in high school. I didn’t know how to react to it. It made me very uncomfortable (especially the few scenes in which animals are involved) but it also struck me as being undeniably true, and for that I couldn’t put it down.  This book is one of...