Summer Block

Summer Block is an assistant editor at Identity Theory and is a freelance writer currently living in China. Visit her at or email summer (at) identitytheory (dot) com.

Rituals of Mourning

I just finished reading Joan Didion's memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. In 2003, Didion's daughter fell suddenly ill with pneumonia, leading to septic shock that was eventually fatal. On December 23 of the same year, Didion's husband of forty years died suddenly of a heart attack. The situation described above, while doubtless tragic, would …

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Books on Books

The Anxiety of Influence, Harold BloomAxel's Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930, Edmund WilsonThe Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature, Edmund WilsonI've been taking a break from primary sources to enjoy three excellent books on books.The first is Harold Bloom's seminal Anxiety of Influence, by the blustery, brilliant, highly opinionated …

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