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In Defense of “Spoiled Rotten” Kids

A few days ago, my Google + page lit up with links to an article a very respectable writer named Elizabeth Kolbert wrote in The New Yorker on parenting called “Spoiled Rotten.” I read the article on my laptop, as … Continue reading

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I knew this would happen

Laurel just read a book. She didn’t just read the words of an old familiar book in our collection, which she’s been doing for months. From memory. She read a new book she’d never seen before. I picked out some … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” After soaking up the last few chapters of Stephen King’s magnificent opus The Dark Tower, I had this overwhelming urge to recategorize my bookshelf to make room for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower VI

OK, first I have a confession and an apology to two fine men: Mr. Stephen King and Allen J. Holt. More than a few years ago, when I was just a pretentious grad student of English, I found myself drunkenly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Red Tent

One of the things that struck me over and over again in Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (1997, St. Martin’s Press) is the fact that the reader is, in encountering the text, a participant in the unraveling of a history. … Continue reading

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