Hello. It’s been … a while. For several reasons, I stepped away from this blog a little over a year ago, and I don’t expect to return to regular posting any time soon since I’m currently making arrangements to go to school in 2020. But I don’t want to let this space go entirely silentContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2019”
Rain Taxi magazine has one of the last interviews Derek Walcott gave before he died. He and interviewer Michael Swingen talked about Hart Crane for most of it, so there’s some fascinating analysis there. This month, there was a ton of articles about Gwendolyn Brooks, for the occasion of her 100th birthday (I wrote oneContinue reading “Bookish Links — June 2017”
As far as I know, there exists no full-length biography of Seamus Heaney. I thought that was an odd omission for the world’s biographers to make, until I heard about this book, a marathon series of interviews covering the entirety of Heaney’s life and career, from early childhood to the publication of what was then his latest book, District and Circle.
Great news! Almost fifty years after it was recorded, a BBC interview with J. R. R. Tolkien is finally going to be broadcast. According to The Tolkien Society, the interview was recorded in 1968 as part of a BBC documentary titled Tolkien in Oxford. In the end, only a small portion of the interview appearedContinue reading “A Lost J. R. R. Tolkien Interview Will Air This Saturday”
It’s not easy being a classic lit fan: besides having to deal with the rarity of some books, we also miss out on the elation other bookworms feel as they anticipate their favorite author’s next release. Since most of our favorite authors are dead (or just refuse to publish again for years), we’ll never getContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2015”
This is getting ridiculous—it seems Mark Twain is the latest author to have some of his lost works resurface. After six authors announced their intention to boycott PEN America’s gala dinner honoring the staff of Charlie Hebdo, Salman Rushdie—never one to be shy about airing his opinions—had some words for them. More from the insaneContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2015”