6 July 2012
You know I can’t resist pet-related news and literature. Links from Bookforum’s Omnivore here.
Pax, 4th of July, Riverside Park
18 October 2010
From Bookforum’s Omnivore, a post about “happiness,” and a link to a 2009 article: “5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won’t).“
The list is predictable — fame, wealth, beauty, genius, power — but the blow-by-blow debunking is intriguing, if only because someone has bothered to reason it out for us. Though I’m not sure reason is ultimately all that helpful when it comes to happiness/unhappiness and the irrational longings that relegate us all to tetchy discontentment.
“Tetchy” is my new favorite word. I must be getting old…
4 September 2010
I enjoyed this piece from Inside Higher Ed by Terri Givens, an African American scholar, called “Why I Study Europe.” I came across it at Bookforum’s Omnivore, in a post called “Race and the Obama Era.“
The Givens piece caught my eye because I am someone who speaks French better than I speak Korean; and because the main character of my second novel is an African American Russophile.
The world is an interesting place.
18 January 2010
Is it just me, or is Christianity making a comeback as an au courant cultural topic?
At Bookforum’s “Omnivore,” a sampling of reviews and articles about Christianity. All of them nonfiction-related. I’ve been beginning to think about my next project, and a collection of linked stories, in and around Christianity, is what seems to be rising to the surface. Hmm…
Which is a backhand way of also saying that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on Sebastian & Frederick (current word count ~84,000, projected word count ~100,000).
23 October 2009
The “Omnivore” blog at Bookforum.com is not unlike the periodic Web “roundups” of many literary blogs, except that it seems to me more truly omnivorous, even as it is also more specific, i.e. topical. Which I love.
Here is a fascinating roundup of essays, articles, explorations, and reviews on the topic of “What Women Want.” I started with the piece about why men catcall — because I’ve been disturbed by and angsty about this for some time now. But that piece is just the appetizer here. I can’t help but wonder, how do readers keep from getting bloated after gorging on all this content? (And I’m already three posts behind at Omnivore. Posts on economics and foreign policy already making my mouth water.)
This wondering not at all specific to Bookforum or Omnivore, of course. Just another “analogians anonymous” shrug-with-cross-eyes.