While away on a break, I got lots of reading done. That was one of the points of the break in any case. The university in England at which I was a Visiting Fellow and Writer in Residence has a terrific library. Read more

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The feelgood element is much overrated in literature. Literature is a different kind of salve, and the thrill, sense of uplift, instruction and delight it provides should in no way be directly proportional to how well things turned out in the end. The ‘happy ending’ (or, in a phrase much used in literary – including, very much, publishing – circles, the ‘redemption and hope’ held out in the final pages) is also much overrated. Read more

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