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Not A Book Review: The Historian

There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy… the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul… the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos. There is more to this book than I care to admit. And I hope you would indulge me a little as I look back on…

Metsola on Woolf

Perhaps one of the loneliest writing I have ever come across just got a colorful upgrade. Penguin U.K. has collaborated with Aino-Maija Metsola to design six book covers for the Vintage Classics reissue of Virginia Woolf’s most noted works: A Room of One’s Own, The Waves, The Years, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, and To The Lighthouse.…

The Day Umberto Died

It was 1998, I think, when I bought my very first grown up book. Feeling like I read just about everything categorized under “young adult”, I was feeling frisky and adventurous — the kind that wasn’t easily appeased by hardbound Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books. And so there I was at the bookstore with my mother…