New Books! 2/10/15

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NEW BOOKS! 2/10/15


While The Gods Were Sleeping by Erwin Mortier

erwin_mortier   This is a story not about spectacular events; rather, Mortier is concerned with writing about war, history and the past with great empathy and engagement, and with a mixture of melancholy, qualification and resignation.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Signed Copies)

anne_tyler   Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir

alison_weir   With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir explores one of history’s most provocative “Did they or didn’t they?” debates. The Marriage Game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman…

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Light reading for the weekend.

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Here are a few short stories, interviews, and reviews, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with love, to read this Valentine’s Day weekend!!

In We Contain MultitudesAndrew Rose interviews trans author Thomas Page McBee (Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Manabout his female to male transition and how his views on masculinity and male culture have evolved. The interview eloquently explores the conundrum of “how to be a man” both from McBee’s individual experience/perspective and from a broader societal context. In Guernica.

This short story, The Case for Psychic Distance, by Jennifer Hanno, is about writing, studying writing, and the process of honing a craft. Wait. It definitely isn’t about that at all. In Ploughshares.

How to Write a Danceby Anna Heyward, briefly explores the history of, exactly as the title suggests, how to write a dance…

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T.S. Eliot Explains The Problem With Modern Day Writing

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Keep in mind, he said this in 1921.


That comes from Eliot’s The Perfect Critic. Photo and credit to K Street Hipster on Twitter. 

I’ve read that quote several times. And, the more I read it, the more I realize how it’s about much more than just writing. It’s about debate and how we gain knowledge.

That last sentence really struck a chord with me: “And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”

How insightful is that? Think of online debates about Michael Brown or Eric Garner. Think of any debate or argument, really, online or not. How often do we let emotion get in the way of rational thought?

Great stuff from T.S. Eliot more than 90 years ago.

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Here’s How NOT To Buy A House

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I’ve only read the prologue and first chapter of A House for Mr. Biswas, but I love the premise of the novel. It’s simplistic—almost Seinfeldesque in a sense.

Here’s a guy who just wants his own house.

From what I can tell, the prologue places you toward the end of the story, after Mr. Biswas finally found said house, before dropping you into the backstory at the beginning of the novel.

I love Naipaul’s description of this house.

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