David Berg has a reading at Square Books in Oxford tomorrow at 5:30. Berg is a lawyer from Houston whose brother was murdered in the sixties. In his memoir, he works through those events, including the murder trial of hit man/serial killer Charles Harrelson (who died in prison for the murder of a federal [...]
If my father could have acknowledged his problems with dealing with paper in a non-grouchy way, he could have said this about himself. From Grant’s memoirs:
I was no clerk, nor had I any capacity to become one. The only place I ever found in my life to put a paper so as [...]
I recall a most ingenious piece in a Wisconsin quarterly some years ago, in which ‘The Recognitions’ ’ debt to ‘Ulysses’ was established in such minute detail I was doubtful of my own firm recollection of never having read ‘Ulysses.’
William Gaddis, in a letter to a graduate student, quoted in the New York [...]
Anthony Marra is doing a reading of his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, at Square Books at 5:30. I’m hearing really good things about this book and plan to be at the reading.
It got a spectacular review in the Washington Post, somewhat less so (but still interesting) from Dwight Garner at [...]
Andrew Sullivan and then Dr. X link to a blog post by Ann Napolitano about Flannery O’Connor and her childhood home in Savannah, where a tour-guide told Napolitano that something happened to Flannery O’Connor between the age of 4 and 6 that made her into an adult:
“A little after this point,” he said, [...]
Wills has a really great review of Caro’s latest that focuses on one of the big themes of the book, the hatred between Johnson and Bobby Kennedy. One of the interesting things in Caro’s book is that he at least rhetorically rides the fence on two big historical questions: Did John Kennedy really back almost [...]
Today’s Google header honors a favorite of this blog, Edward Gorey.
G is not only for Google and Gorey…
For the full alphabet (which I’ve previously quoted), go here.
I’ve had a serious insurance claim-type problem in the first floor of my house, and am having to move my entire record collection (including 78s), 8/10ths of the cds, plus pretty much all my books relating to southern history, southern literature, general fiction, some popular science and math books, among other things.
It’s made [...]
I read a post on the Zingerman’s blog (Zingerman is a wonderful food shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan) about a guy near Lafayette, Louisiana, who is raising sugar cane, pressing it in a 19th century mill, and boiling it to syrup.
Old style, traditionally made, cane syrup made by Charles Poirier near Lafayette, Louisiana. [...]