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September 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

This weekend I finished reading Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees. This book is very readable and has a number of thought-provoking


Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight by Chris Onstad

In case you haven’t already encountered it, here’s the deal with Achewood: If you come across the comic strip online right now, in


Canadian book festivals

I was surprised by the sudden arrival of the fall season today in the northern hemisphere. Some people feel like it will soon be time


Ann Radcliffe

There is a one-panel cartoon, published last year, showing a doctor with the twined snakes of the caduceus on his chest asking a parent to


The Politics of Reading

The launch of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in Australia has attracted a little attention—partly for the two substantial $100,000 awards and partly


Terry Pratchett receives a ‘pratchgan’

image credit: cherryred2001I’m just going to go ahead and blame an international move and return to full time grad school for distracting me


David Foster Wallace RIP

The Internet is alight with the news of David Foster Wallace’s suicide. This is hitting me hard, not only because of Wallace’s youth,


In Library News…

The Wall Street Journal published an article today about a renewed interest in private libraries in the US. In “Why Libraries Are Back in Style”,


Relocating—with Books!

When is the last time you packed up your apartment, or house, or bedroom, and had to deal with relocating your books – or deciding to


Reading the friendly skies

Air travel is something of an occupational hazard in my life—partly because of (obviously) my occupation and partly because of my geographically dispersed family.


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