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I read books, I write books, I collect books, and I blog about--you guessed it!--books.
I read books, I write books, I collect books, and I blog about--you guessed it!--books.

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Poetry Thoughts 2018: James Russell Lowell's "A Fable for Critics"
Poems stereotypically deal
with weighty topics like love, death, transience, time, art, nature,
humanity…and yet, sometimes poems are simply writing that rhymes. Sometimes poems are
even funny—and I’m not just talking bawdy limericks, but witty satires. A F...
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Poetry Thoughts 2018: John Greenleaf Whittier's "Proem" and "Songs of Labor"
Although sometimes his grammar is a bit archaic and forced, and he has a tendency to use antiquated language such as "thine" and "thou," I really enjoyed the section of The Oxford Book of American Verse  devoted to the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier. Her...
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Poetry Thoughts 2018: Robinson's "Eros Tyrannos"
A common poem assigned in lit
classes when I was in college was My Last Duchess by Robert Browning. In this poem the narrator is a Duke who is giving
a tour of his home, points out a portrait of his “last Duchess” (which means
she hasn’t been his only Duche...
Poetry Thoughts 2018: Robinson's "Eros Tyrannos"
Poetry Thoughts 2018: Robinson's "Eros Tyrannos"
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Poetry for 2018, Part 1: Introduction
It took me a few years, but at
the beginning of 2018 I finally finished The
Oxford Book of American Verse . From Anne Bradstreet to Robert Lowell, for
over 1,100 pages, I sampled what the literary critics and poetry enthusiasts
considered the best of Americ...
Poetry for 2018, Part 1: Introduction
Poetry for 2018, Part 1: Introduction
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A Losing Streak: Three Recent Reads
This January I set a goal of
reading 150 books in 2018. This total is unprecedented for me, and about four
months in it’s still a bit too early to tell whether I’ll succeed. However, at
finishing three books a week, so far I’ve been able to stay on track. O...
A Losing Streak: Three Recent Reads
A Losing Streak: Three Recent Reads
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Reviewing Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda"
One
of my favorite books—and perhaps my favorite of any adventure/swashbuckler—is
Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda .
I began reading this book completely ignorant of its genre or plot. In fact, I
believe it was one of the books I’d had on my shelf for a...
Reviewing Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda"
Reviewing Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda"
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Reviewing Llewellyn and Maloof’s The Living Forest
Maybe
this book would technically be categorized as a “coffee table book” due to its
large dimensions and high-quality photographs. Yet The Living Forest: A Visual Journey Into the Heart of the Woods also contains a lot of informational text and can serve a...
Reviewing Llewellyn and Maloof’s The Living Forest
Reviewing Llewellyn and Maloof’s The Living Forest
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Reviewing Michael Farquhar's "A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans"
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. ~ Winston Churchill Minoring
in history in college I was fascinated by what made some people “memorable” or
considered major influences to how the world was shaped during their time. Why
do some names go...
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Reviewing "Marie" by H. Rider Haggard
  Pretty
early on in reading this Allan Quatermain novel I considered stopping. More
than any of the other Quatermain adventures I’ve read, Marie is rife
with racism, both in the characters’ dialog and the overall narrative. This was not simply racism of Eu...
Reviewing "Marie" by H. Rider Haggard
Reviewing "Marie" by H. Rider Haggard
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Reviewing “They Have a Word for It” by Howard Rheingold
Charlemagne said that to “have another language is to
possess a second soul.” The more I’ve read about linguistics, taken language
classes, or watched foreign films, the more I agree with this sentiment.
Language is not everything; some might consider wordl...
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