February 26, 2013
There are some periodicals that are so good that I fall way behind — because they're so good I don't want to skim or skip or unsubscribe. Currently I'm about three years behind with National Geographic, even longer with McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and I don't even want to think about Books & Culture.Continue reading "[Question] Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public"
January 24, 2013
December 26, 2012
I heard a surprising comment about this blog the other day from one reader whom I know particularly well: my mom. (Hi, Mom!) She said, "One thing I can tell from reading your blog is that you're having fun at your job." Yes! It's true. I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience joy in my work, and that reminds me of a string of quotations I've seen lately in IVP books for serious professionals.Continue reading "In Good Humor"
December 17, 2012
This summer I read Outside Looking In, a memoir by Garry Wills, whose Pulitzer-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg and What Jesus Meant are also on my to-read list. Wills is difficult, if not impossible, to classify as a writer. Is he a classicist? journalist? pundit? biographer? The label that may fit him best is now an old-fashioned one: public intellectual. But he himself uses a different word: bookworm.Continue reading "Bet you can't not read"
December 13, 2012
How about a little tidbit to provoke some thought about how reading can become part of a long conversation down through the years? You've got it:Continue reading "Not As If We Haven't Seen It Before"
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