Monthly Archive:: December 2013


Weekend Reading

It’s year-end and all kinds of “Best of 2013″ lists are coming out. Here’s is NPR’s best books of 2013 in a nice interactive graphic. Here is the Paris Review’s list.


Holiday Festivities

Whoaa! I’ve been so bad about posting this month. I hope you’ll forgive me because I made this lovely holiday collage for you. 1. Tree outside my favorite vegetarian sandwich shop, 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. 2. Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” art exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. 3.


Why Are We So Ignorant About Contemporary World Literature?

  A recent article in BBC News Magazine asks: why don’t French books sell abroad? It got me thinking about the number of non-English speaking authors that I’ve read in the past few years. Now, name your favorite contemporary French author.


Ireland – The Practical Stuff

I feel like I’ve been recapping our Ireland trip f-o-r-e-v-e-r. But we packed a lot of stuff into 10 days and it was amazing and I just like sharing.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

  I feel a bit conflicted about this book of short stories. The collection comprises eight stories, two of which were very strong. The others, not so much. I’m going to be purposefully wishy-washy in this review because that’s how I felt about this collection.


Monday Literary Quote

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday! I ate potatoes three ways (vegetarians eat a lot of potatoes at holiday gatherings), did some Black Friday shopping (NOT on Thursday night), and had a marathon TV-watching session on Sunday. Ahhh.