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And Then We Set His Hair on Fire

I’m currently enjoying And Then We Set His Hair On Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall-of-Fame Career in Advertising, a funny, delightful read by Phil Dusenberry.

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The Vagrants

I enjoyed Yiyun Li‘s The Vagrants, and am now tackling Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King & Other Stories.

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Birnbaum’s reading list: Blake Bailey’s bios, Canadian writer Joseph Boyden, and more

I have read neither Richard Yates nor John Cheever’s writings, but I have enjoyed Blake Bailey’s bios–first of Yates and now John Cheever.

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Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides

I’m currently reading Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides, translated by Anne Carson, and thinking about theater and playwriting.

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Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth

More sloth stuff this month, including a very sweet picture book by Eric Carle called Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth

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Sharing the poetry love

T.S. Eliot might have said April is the cruelest month in “The Waste Land,” but I personally have a fondness for the first full month of spring.

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American Short Fiction

Wake-up Call! All the books on my nightstand have had it with my lackadaisical attitude.

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Style: Towards Clarity and Grace

I’m reading Style: Towards Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams.

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"The Flu Season" + Drown

I’m still mulling over the bravery of Will Eno’s play “The Flu Season,” which I read a few weeks ago. It has flitted about the edges of my mind since.

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Eudaemonic Reading

I recently purchased The Art of Happiness (by the Dalai Lama) at a tiny local used bookstore after watching an older man have an unemployment-related breakdown at the cash register because the manager would not give him a job application.

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This Is Your Brain on Music

I recently read This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin.

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Midnight Picnic

Just finished Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca…in the middle of Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler (fascinating tale about one ambitious fellow…unfortunately, the story’s often about business, with many numbers crunched).

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The Graveyard Book

As a teacher, I reserve the right to read great kiddie and YA literature, so…

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Notes from No Man’s Land

“The world was not waiting for a telephone,” begins Eula Biss in her striking essay “Time and Distance Overcome.”

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The White Tiger

Some books I read recently are The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and…

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