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May.03.2013
When I read fiction, I’m seeking experience apart from mine; an island, a ship, afloat from everyday life (wondrous as the everyday can be in its own terms.) I want a trip to the other side of what I know. I’m on a quest for adventures that I wouldn’t otherwise have (or even want to have)....
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Jan.05.2013
    A PROMISE UNKEPT One of the resolutions I made at the end of 2011 was to read and review more contemporary novels. It wasn’t so much a matter of shunning the old and the great: I was facing the fact that, as my audience has grown (by over 100%; my page views totaled more than 55,000...
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Jun.08.2012
When the Red Room web page invited Red Roomers to write about a lesser-known novel by a great writer this week, I first thought of Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov (the author of Lolita and Pale Fire, two constantly blinking buoys on those ever-roiling lists of greatest novels ever written...
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May.19.2012
  I guess I won’t be moving into that chateau on Lake Como next door to George Clooney anytime soon. I mean, I’d sure love to have genre writer James Patterson’s money. But I doubt I’d enjoy having to keep up his fertility rate. When I think about his huge output, I hearken back to my early...
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Mar.03.2012
    I was saddened last week by the passing of Vladimir Nabokov’s son Dmitri at the age of 77. He was VN’s only child. He never married and left no immediate survivors. (You’ll note that the following contains little criticism of the deceased. Since Andrew Breibart’s sudden death this...
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Jan.05.2012
  Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, Christmas Eve: The best damn thing I saw all year . . . even better than Breaking Bad      In my fifty-seven years, I’ve never known one without turbulence. There have always been wars and suffering, great and small; revolutions and...
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Mar.15.2011
My latest find is Mary Karr, famous for her memoir trilogy: The Liar's Club, Cherry, and Lit.  I've wanted to read the first for a long time, but was put off by the criticism I'd heard that, despite being a great writer, she'd tended to frankly whine about her usually-deranged mother too much. ...
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Mar.02.2011
A version of this piece--again, with a nice photo--can be read at my official web page, A Curious Man. Thanks for coming by, as always!   As a newly coined Nabokov Nerd (and lone student in my Nabokov Studies class, often conducted during sleepless midnights), I couldn’t pass up the free,...
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Feb.04.2011
Another version of this piece can be read at my official web page, A Curious Man. There's even a picture!   Sure, it’s late for reviewing the books that blazed or drifted under my eyes in 2010 (the Precambrian Era in Internet time), especially now that everyone else is handicapping the best...
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Dec.21.2009
 Because everyone else does this and I’m as much a conformist as anyone—put a single malt in my hand, point me to the nearest cliff and I’ll run faster than any lemming in town—I’ll share my literary cultural highlights of this typically distressing year in this fantastically weird decade where...