Monthly Archives: December 2012

Some Books of 2012, Poetry and Non-Fiction

Enjoy.   New Selected Poems, Philip Levine A working-class hero is something to be. https://lippenheimer.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/his-name-was-writ-in-water-philip-levines-industrial-sublime/   Romey’s Order, Atsuro Riley Picture Seamus Heaney growing up in coastal South Carolina with a redneck father and a Japanese mother, and you won’t … Continue reading

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Some Books of 2012: Fiction

At the risk of stating the obvious, these books were not necessarily published in 2012.  I have linked to relevant blog posts where appropriate. Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín Toibin tells this emigration story with empathy but without bitterness or sentimentality, which … Continue reading

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Some BestAmPo highlights

I was chuffed to hllearn that this year’s Best American Poetry collection was being edited by Mark Doty, who is one of my favorite  poets (I  did a piece on his “Crepe de Chine” a while back).  As we read … Continue reading

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The Exceptional Child

Janet Conant’s A Covert Affair Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS tells, among other things, how Julia Child got to know her future husband when they were working for America’s wartime intelligence and covert ops organization.  Their romance … Continue reading

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The first bag lady

As a boy in Birmingham, JRR Tolkien was entranced by the strange long names written on the railway cars he saw heading west.  It turned out that these trains were going to Wales, and the fascination with Welsh language and … Continue reading

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