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January 06, 2009



Wow, quite a reading spree! We were just on a three week train travel extravaganza through Europe, and between the long flights and train rides I was able to read more deeply than in a long time as well. Google hasn't taken all my reading stamina away!

Here's the tally:

1. Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen (Larry McMurtry)

2. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler, a re-read)

3. Snow (Orhan Pamuk)

4. At Large and at Small (Anne Fadiman; delightful, hilarious, and every so often profound)

5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz; amazing)

T Scott

I've read the Diaz, and agree that it was amazing. Your comment reminds me that I want to re-read it soon. I haven't read "At Large and At Small", although I was a subscriber to The American Scholar during her entire tenure there as editor, so I think I read most of the pieces when they first came out. I have read her earlier book of essays, "Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader", which is one of my favorite books of all time. Her book, "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" is also very worth reading. It examines the case of a Hmong family in California that had a child with epilepsy, and looks into the cultural issues that surrounded their struggle to get decent medical care. It was the Freshman Discussion Book here at UAB a couple of years ago. Great stuff.


Oh yes, "Spirit Catches You" is brilliant and profound. I wrote a senior year paper at Northwestern about it!

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