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Remembering Donald Hall

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Odysseus in 2018

Personifications of The Iliad and The Odyssey as represented in “The Apotheosis of Homer” by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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In Search of Free Time: My Bookmark Reflection on Proust

Only a few years ago I wanted to read Marcel Proust for two reasons. Continue reading “In Search of Free Time: My Bookmark Reflection on Proust”

Reading American Gods and Measuring Cult Fiction

That we’ve broken their statues,
that we’ve driven them out of their temples,
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.
O land of Ionia, they’re still in love with you,
their souls still keep your memory. Continue reading “Reading American Gods and Measuring Cult Fiction”

The News from Cannery Row: John Steinbeck’s “Sweet Thursday”

I had hardly started upon reading a delight of a short novel before I was texting my father, Continue reading “The News from Cannery Row: John Steinbeck’s “Sweet Thursday””

Saturday Morning: 3 Poetry Books for a Weekend

The first time I read Heart of Darkness, I really don’t think I understood a lick of it. Continue reading “Saturday Morning: 3 Poetry Books for a Weekend”

Three Impressions from the New San Francisco MOMA

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Literary Travelogue: Big Sur

Ever since I moved out to San Francisco in November 2014, I’ve been trying to get down to Big Sur. Continue reading “Literary Travelogue: Big Sur”

No Premium on Haste: Anthony Hecht’s “Flight Among the Tombs”

Soon it will be May, the season of the Kentucky Derby. Before the race begins, with the properly fine society, the men and women placing bets on the ponies, Continue reading “No Premium on Haste: Anthony Hecht’s “Flight Among the Tombs””

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