A Moving Essay by Joyce Carol Oates on Home

From Smithsonian magazine, and via The New Yorker, comes this elegant meditation on the concept of home from writer and Princeton University professor Joyce Carol Oates.  We are, Oates says, inextricably bound to place: Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to [Read More...]

The Ten Best Films of 2009, the Year That Wasn’t

David Denby, film critic at The New Yorker, just released his list of the top-ten films of 2009.  Because I am an American, and thus am genetically predisposed to find top-ten lists interesting, I noticed it. Actually, it’s well worth looking at.  Denby is a skilled critic.  I like that he, with all TNY commentators, [Read More...]


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