Posts By: Anmiryam

Jan 21

Reasons to Shovel Out After the Storm

This week’s update is coming to you on a snowy Tuesday. It’s so snowy that that the Free Library appearance of mensch of the month, Gary Shteyngart, has been cancelled, but they are promising to work on rescheduling. I apologize for being a bit late with the events calendar this… Read more »

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Jan 15
Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

There are a number of British writers — Penelope Lively, Mark Haddon, and Tessa Hadley come to mind — whose prose embodies what I think of as an essential Englishness. Their style is clear, brisk, sometimes verging on no nonsense, but at the same time deeply empathetic to the breadth… Read more »

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Jan 14
Flavia, So Good to See You Again!

Flavia, So Good to See You Again!

Each year since 2009 I’ve looked forward to spending a few hours in the company of one of my favorite people. Her adventurous spirit, her daring and her sheer self-taught genius as a chemist (not to mention a breadth of knowledge of music and books that easily puts me to… Read more »

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Jan 10
Catching Up and Starting Over

Catching Up and Starting Over

How did it get to be January 10, 2014 already? You’d think that by this point in my life I’d be prepared for how quickly time ends up in the rearview mirror as I speed forward, but sadly I seem to be incapable of learning this particular lesson. One thing… Read more »

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Sep 21
Writers writing about writers

Writers writing about writers

I have always found myself drawn to books about books. It is a natural consequence of being an avid, some would say addicted, reader. Books at the center of a crime? Books as a force to bring together disparate misfits? Books about magical books? Books about the publishing business? Books… Read more »

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Jul 26
Right and Wrong at the End of the World

Right and Wrong at the End of the World

Science Fiction* and Mystery are two distinct genres — meta-genres really since there is a huge diversity of sub-genres in both of these literary universes — that are often blended together. The combination makes sense to my simple reasoning. Both are frequently focused on determining moral truth and discerning what… Read more »

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