A quick note to say that I am going to be taking a break from writing these weekly missives for a while. Thank you ever so much for all of you who have been reading them these last months. This might be something I return to later in the year, I will have to see how things pan…
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The last year has done weird things to time. I know that this is not a profound or original statement, so I won’t harp on it. But I have been thinking…
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I have been having weird dreams. Not nightmares (for a change), but unexpectedly literary dreams. In the first, I was on a cruise ship, which also…
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This newsletter is notionally about what I’m reading every week, about books in general. Because, in large part, it was part of my job as a bookseller…
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I’ve recently started taking a day off. This is new for me. For most of the last decade I haven’t allowed myself a day off to do whatever I wanted, or…
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I recall June last year being spent in quarantine, freezing cold, and recovering from a head cold I was terrified might be Covid. One afternoon I grew…
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For the last couple of weeks I have spent the first part of most mornings reading thirty pages of David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress. This, I…
A few weeks ago my friend Heather and I decided to read Jessica Mitford’s memoir Hons and Rebels together. A mini bookclub, and an excuse to socialize…
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