My generally crappy week in review: reading and other complaints

Books mentioned in this post: Muriel Spark – The Comforters Muriel Spark – Robinson Muriel Spark – Memento Mori AJ Finn – The Woman in the Window Peter Manseau – The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost Michael Wolff – Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White… Read More My generally crappy week in review: reading and other complaints

Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

  It’s a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year’s tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don’t finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding… Read More Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens: Maria Beadnell

Could this sweet face be that of the original for Estella? After finishing Johnson’s chapter on Dickens’s ultimately heartbreaking relationship with Maria Beadnell I find myself asking that question. Charles Dickens met Maria Beadnell when he was 17 years old. He got along famously with Maria’s family from the start. He and all the Beadnell… Read More Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens: Maria Beadnell