Category Archives: Reading

All Out of Proportion: Alice Munro’s “Leaving Maverley”

Charles May’s recent blog post (Part One) comparing Margaret Atwood’s “Stone Mattress” and Alice Munro’s “Leaving Maverley” had me trying once again to find something I like about an Alice Munro short story.  I enjoyed “Stone Mattress.”  I have yet … Continue reading

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January 5 Walk and Philip Levine

Thursday, January 5, 2012.  Reading:  Philip Levine, “Ask for Nothing.”  Not having been a literature major, I had to look up Philip Levine.  Was a little embarrassed to learn that he is the 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate and I’d never … Continue reading

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Walk, January 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  Reading:  Dorothy Wordsworth, excerpt from The Alfoxden Journal (January 20 – February 3, 1798). Journal entries about walks in the countryside and along the seashore in Somerset, near Alfoxden House. Jammed with metaphor, simile, personification of … Continue reading

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New Year, Fresh Start

I’d like to take a couple of minutes out of the last hours of 2011 to thank everybody who stopped by for a look at my first attempt at a blog.  Because I wandered off the road in September, I’ll be revising … Continue reading

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Femme Fatale on a Cold, Hard Bed: Margaret Atwood’s “Stone Mattress”

I was introduced to Margaret Atwood’s writing a few years ago in a class called “Novel Form, Style and Structure.” Novel survey classes never give one the time to think very deeply about a text; and I’d been completely entranced … Continue reading

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Reading During Hurricane Irene

How – and what – does one read in the midst of a hurricane? Our hometown, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, lay right in the western edge of Hurricane Irene’s path northward.  We were fairly certain that the storm … Continue reading

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Robert Coover’s “Matinée”: Projection, Distortion, and Just Maybe, Infection

This morning (with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony spilling out of my desktop MP3 player, because the Wagner was interesting but when it’s playing I can’t think), I’m sipping at a cooling cup of coffee and trying to decide whether or not I liked … Continue reading

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