chicago tribune review: Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Snow Queen’

  It's published, friends. My review ran while I was away traveling. All 800-ish words of it. And though I can partially attribute this gig to a tremendously long stretch of time spent givin' it away for free: reviewing and writing and blogging and reading about reviewing and writing and blogging, I owe a huge …

Continue reading chicago tribune review: Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Snow Queen’

A Tramp’s Abroad: What books to bring? The Literature of Ireland and Wales

  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain     I'm not bringing my Kindle to Ireland/Wales. …

Continue reading A Tramp’s Abroad: What books to bring? The Literature of Ireland and Wales

When critical impartiality fails

There comes a time reviewers risk becoming dangerously involved in an author's work, too involved to maintain impartiality without exerting great and conscious self-control. Without noticing it, you become slanted. Every now and then it's not a bad idea to remind yourself the integrity of professionalism demands lack of prior judgment - good or bad. …

Continue reading When critical impartiality fails