Sitting for the New York Times‘ excellent weekly feature, By the Book, Marilynne Robinson discusses her own reading (“I tend to think of the reading of any book as preparation for the next reading of it”), including a nice reference to Hamlin Garland’s Main-Travelled Roads. Garland’s short story collection, to Robinson, is one of those
books I have never reread because I am afraid I would dispel the fascination they had for me, a state of mind I hope to recover when I suspend my own disbelief and write fiction.
I’m doubtful that my essay on Main-Travelled Roads would change her mind. But an obscure blogger can always hope, right?