Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Immigrant Experience: Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Reading

It’s sort of an American tradition to treat immigrants to this country like dirt and try to get the most work out of them for the least money.  If your family was among the first waves of immigrants to the … Continue reading

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Read the Book, Take the Trip

century when they traveled around England to contemplate the sites that writers had written in or about, traversing imaginary literary territories such as “Dickens’s London” or “Hardy’s Wessex.” While much has changed on the literary scene since then, literary tourism is … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bennett or Lisbeth Salander? We may not agree, but reading unites us—no matter where we are.

“How was work today?” “Same old thing.” “What did you do in school today?” “Nothing.” These frustrating attempts at interaction take place between spouses and between children and their parents every day. It can be a struggle to engage, even … Continue reading

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Just Kids: Touring the Lower Manhattan Art Scene with Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, the story of her life with the artist and photographer Robert Maplethorpe, a life dedicated to art and to each other. Smith and Maplethorpe met in New York … Continue reading

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