Category Archives: Am reading

Soup and Salad, December

The longest, although perhaps not coldest, night of the year has passed. And tonight, as my daughter and I prepare our fête de Noël, we’ll be supping on soup and salad. As Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila points out (borrowing from Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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December brings the sleet

These days, “Blazing fire” might sometimes be the best “Christmas treat”. I have still one more post about the soups and salads made this month, but this is my final post for the books of history and memoir. Peter Mayle’s … Continue reading

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Soup and Salad, November

I know people who say, “When I make a recipe for the first time, I follow it exactly.” Very admirable, I think to myself. I should try that. If a new recipe appeals to me, I should trust the chef … Continue reading

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November Brings the Blast

 “Dull November” is exactly right. It’s a long slog from Witch Week to Thanksgiving, with just a fleeting interlude of political excitement, here in the U.S., on Election Day. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I rarely … Continue reading

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Soup & Salad, October

Quite busy lately, what with WITCHWEEK2022 starting in just a couple of days, so I’ll keep this one short. SOUP Hot soups are back on the menu! Ones with lots of vegetables and colors are best, with thick ones running … Continue reading

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October brings the pheasants

Nuts and game birds. Well, perhaps not here in the big city, except via my local grocery store. Before I continue my Reading the Year project, I’ll list again the books I’m reading slowly, trying to keep with the calendar … Continue reading

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ULYSSES+, 9-month report

You may recall that, this year being the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, I’ve started a project of re-reading that book, along with 12 other literary works published the same year. Despite a good head start … Continue reading

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Another quick recommendation

Hernán Díaz, In the Distance (2017) and Trust (2022) Hernán Díaz’s latest novel, Trust, is the May selection for the NYPL/WNYC Virtual Book Club, which aims to get New Yorkers reading (and, obviously, discussing) new books. I heard an interview … Continue reading

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A quick recommendation

Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), The White Road (2015), and Letters to Camondo (2021). A gift from a good friend, The Hare with Amber Eyes arrived as I was working slowly through Marcel Proust’s In Search … Continue reading

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ULYSSES+ Quarterly Report

NYC has had its usual share of rainy weather since the start of the year, which means that I’ve been making good progress on my ULYSSES+ project. In just 3 months, I’ve read 5 of the 12 books-published-in-1922 chosen as … Continue reading

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