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Antonya Nelson: “First Husband”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Antonya Nelson’s “First Husband” was originally published in the January 6, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Trevor On December 31, my host blacked out, so I didn't have a chance to provide my response to this story before the [...]

By | December 30th, 2013|Categories: Antonya Nelson, New Yorker Fiction|15 Comments

Best New Yorker Stories of 2013

Between the two of us (and Betsy is nearly 100%), Betsy and I read and posted thoughts on every New Yorker story this year. Here are our six favorites. You'll notice Betsy and I diverge quite a bit (and though I didn't post on each of her favorites, I have read them all). How on earth, I say, did Betsy [...]

By | December 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Favorite Reads of 2013

I usually post this before Christmas -- just in case people want to use it to make their Christmas lists. But this year, with children growing up and making things around Christmas even busier, I didn't get it done. But now you can use this list to make New Year's Resolutions. Below are my ten favorite reads from 2013, listed in the [...]

By | December 27th, 2013|Categories: Book Lists|2 Comments

2013 Gift Guide Part II

It's getting closer to Christmas, and these are some more items I'd recommend for you and yours. I'm afraid I didn't have time to go through and write-up thoughts on each, but I find them all exciting. 1. Postertext Wall Art This team of bibliophiles have created dozens of pieces of wall art out of text -- that is, the [...]

By | December 20th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rebecca Curtis: “The Christmas Miracle”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers). Rebecca Curtis’s “The Christmas Miracle” was originally published in the December 23 & 30, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Betsy “The Christmas Miracle,” by Rebecca Curtis, is not for the squeamish. [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: New Yorker Fiction, Rebecca Curtis|18 Comments

Susan Sontag: Essays of the 1960s & 70s

Always provocative, even if you don't agree with her, Susan Sontag was one of the most influential critics of the last fifty years. She came of age in and was a central player in the intellectual rigor of the 1960s and 1970s, and may have the reputation for pushing esoteric, highly sophisticated works of art, though one of her central texts, and [...]

By | December 13th, 2013|Categories: Susan Sontag|2 Comments


If you've ever wanted to provide financial support to the website or the podcast, there is now an easy way to do so. In the upper-left corner of the blog there is a new button: "Donate." Over the years I've received several emails from people asking how they can support the site and, now, the podcast. There are hard costs to [...]

By | December 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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