Eclectic Reading & the Need for a Good Costume Drama

I savored every minute in June, but July is rushing by.  I need to sit tranquilly in the garden like Elizabeth in Elizabeth and Her German Garden… except I didn’t plant a garden this year.    Well, at least I’ve been reading a lot. Here’s what I’ve been reading. Jacob’s Ladder by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated from … Continue reading Eclectic Reading & the Need for a Good Costume Drama

Am I Still Bookish? A Glut of Lists & Carol Shields’s “The Box Garden”

I wondered, Am I still bookish?  Every year, the “Best Books of the Year” lists become less reliable.  Yes, they make good Christmas shopping lists—what to give Aunt Betty in What Cheer, Iowa, is a problem—but publishing the lists before Black Friday is just giving in. The daily critics used to be so classy that … Continue reading Am I Still Bookish? A Glut of Lists & Carol Shields’s “The Box Garden”

10 Novels about Theater and Film

I was awestruck by Anne Enright’s lyrical new novel Actress, which, by the way, is longlisted for the Women’s Prize. I seldom read new books, so this is an exciting experience. And then I made a list of 10 NOVELS ABOUT THEATER AND FILM. I hope you enjoy the list, and let me know your … Continue reading 10 Novels about Theater and Film