Tolstoy Summer

A Confession and Other Religious Writings (Penguin) The Gospel in Brief: The Life of Jesus (Harper Perennial) Hadji Murat (translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky) The Kingdom of God Is within You (translated by Constance Garrett)…

Our Cup Runneth Over

Sunday night 8 May 2022 Dear Mona, I thought I was done sending you poetry after that April Poetry Month binge.  But I can’t resist!  The following is from Robert Di Yanni’s book, You Are…

June Journal 2019

Hanna Krall: “All my books are about how very good human beings can be, and about how very abd they can be—something we are constantly discovering over and over again.” Chasing the King of Hearts,…

Two Books I Finished Reading Today

A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life [A commentary on Shantideva’s great manual], by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We Were in Auschwitz / 6643…

Some Works Are Greater Than Others

Edward W. Said, Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews Edited and with an Introduction by Gauri ViswanathanPantheon Books, 2001 Two writers who are well known for their championing of the literary canon are Harold Bloom and George…

A Letter from 2005

April 6, 2005 Dear Andrew, I recently finished a small book by Edward Said, Humanism and Democratic Criticism, and it made me think of many conversations we’ve had over the past couple of years. So…