A Time to Keep Silence

I read Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time to Keep Silence recently. It’s not my favorite, but it had some winning descriptions. He can be really naive and sometimes that’s endearing but other times it’s just grating. And right now, for some reason, I’m kind of put off by things that I know would be much … Continue reading “A Time to Keep Silence”

Current Obsession: The Good Place

So basically my family told me to watch The Good Place while we were out at dinner last Tuesday, and I immediately proceeded to blow off my entire life to binge watch the entire first season because I loved it. It’s not brilliant in that high quality artsy way that usually gets me, like Utopia … Continue reading “Current Obsession: The Good Place”

“We catch our breath at the places where the breath was always caught.”

I was reunited last week, through happy collision on the library shelf, with Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love which is naturally posturingly brilliant. No one have I been more mouth-infected by than Stoppard save, perhaps, Beckett. One’s an aspiration, the other is a viral disease: it’s interesting to study and look at, but my … Continue reading ““We catch our breath at the places where the breath was always caught.””

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

I recently read Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi and, for the most part, I did like it. I’m really interested in historical fiction and non-fiction for younger readers right now, and the kind of mushy line between the two categories. This version of Shackleton’s journey was really plot-driven, and it had a lot of … Continue reading “Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey”