On the Pleasures and Solitudes of Quiet Books.

Lovely essay by Emily St. John Mandel at The Millions on so-called “quiet” books: Lately, possibly because it’s been a long summer of continuous hard work on a new novel and I don’t want to think about plot just now, or perhaps because my annual allotment of vacation days at my day job resets every September […]

Marilynne Robinson on “Main-Travelled Roads.”

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 […]