Tag Archives: books

The beauty of ordinariness.

Over Christmas break I read some books. You have no idea how exciting it was to type that sentence. Yes, I technically read books all the time, I am technically employed to read books. But so often they are not … Continue reading

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Mastery.

Oh hey, this happened a couple months ago.  And I have henceforth been signing things as “Hannah, Master Of French And All Some Of Its Books, Specifically The Depressing Angsty Ones.” But I could only share it with you today … Continue reading

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Green thoughts.

Do you ever read one of those books that forces you to look around at parts of your life and evaluate? I love those. And I hate those. Earlier this summer I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivores Dilemma, and it got … Continue reading

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In which everybody dies and there are prostitutes.

This afternoon at 1 I take my MA comprehensive exams, which means there has been a lot of studying lately. I have been reviewing all the books I’ve read over the past two years and tracing connections across genres and … Continue reading

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Why I love DC: Capitol Hill Books

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person of a certain book love must be in want of more books. It is another truth that sometimes two of the aforementioned people will marry each other and have to buy … Continue reading

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We weren’t made to starve in fig trees.

Remember how I’m a commitaphobe? Well this semester has been especially painful for my indecisive self because this is the last semester of my MA which means… picking a thesis topic. Even though I selected the extra class/ shorter thesis … Continue reading

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After the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered

Confession: Despite my whining (see here, here, and here), I actually love Proust. Chances are good that if you have spoken to me any time in the last 4 months, I have probably talked your ear off about Proust at … Continue reading

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To love another person… Even Russell Crowe.

HAVE YOU SEEN LES MISERABLES YET????? (Note: It is only through a sheer willpower that I am resisting the urge to write this entire post in all caps. Still, if the occasional sentence slips through in my Owen Meany type, … Continue reading

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Deception, Frustrated Desire, Nothingness: THIS IS PROUST

In 15 minutes, I have my final exam for my Proust class. Which obviously means that it is time for “Quotes from my notes on Proust II.”  (See part I, the midterm edition, here.) After all that happy love on … Continue reading

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Shared Existence

“At its most intense, reading is empathy, shared existence.” -Yves Bonnefoy Confession: There is no one that I love that doesn’t love books. I don’t mean that in a snobbish way, because loving books doesn’t necessarily signify erudition. Loving books … Continue reading

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