Speaking of classic literature . . .

The Book Haven blog has the writer Italo Calvino’s list of what makes a book a classic: 3.  The classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual’s or the collective unconscious. 4.  [Read More...]

Henry James and the YA Debate

There’s plenty of talk these days about whether adults should be spending so much time – as they are – on young adult (or “YA”) novels, or if they need to be reading more weighty books. Over at The New Yorker, Christopher Beha explores what the nineteenth-century author Henry James has to do with all of [Read More...]

Teaching O’Connor

It’s that time of year again – the time when teachers (like me) are enjoying the summer, but still thinking about what we’re going to do in the fall. Here’s Nic Ripatrazone at The Millions on teaching Flannery O’Connor (the great American Catholic writer): As a Catholic, I find O’Connor less perplexing than illuminating. This is [Read More...]

Summer Reading

I love books – so much that I devote considerable time to making lists of books I want to read. Over at Her.meneutics, the writers have done the same thing, and their picks – from fiction and memoir to spirituality and more – are wonderful. Go take a look, and pick up some recommendations for [Read More...]


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