Monthly Archives: August 2013

Still Life, with mulligans

What writer of fiction wouldn’t love to be rescued from his or her own dead ends? You start a story arc with a character and, somewhere along the way you decide it isn’t working; there’s no future for the character … Continue reading

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Best audio + best book = well, best audiobook

To get right to it, this unabridged recording of Ulysses (Recorded Books, 1995, read by Donal Donnelly and Miriam Healy-Louie) is one of the audiobook world’s greatest achievements.  The story of James Joyce’s masterpiece is well known. At least I … Continue reading

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The attraction of Beautiful Ruins

The time span covered in Beautiful Ruins (by Jess Walter, Harper Audio, 2012, read by Edoardo Ballerini) is significant – from roughly mid-World War II to the present. Of course, many novels skip back and forth through decades – centuries … Continue reading

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