Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt, or the consolations of literature

“In later years my father sometimes played a game. He’d meet a man on his way to Mexico and he’d say, Here’s fifty bucks, do me a favour and buy me some lottery tickets and he’d give the man his … Continue reading

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For the Time Being by Annie Dillard

“Ours is a planet sown in beings. Our generations overlap like shingles. We don’t fall in rows like hay, but we fall. Once we get here, we spend forever on the globe, most of it tucked under. While we breathe, … Continue reading

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Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

After reading alifeinbooks lovely blog about Georgina Harding’s The Gun Room I was inspired to finally pick up my copy of Painter of Silence, which is one of those books that, to my shame, has been sitting on my shelf for … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

After reading Cure I found myself with a real appetite for reading books about medical science. I think the non-fiction books I love have distinct categories and themes: nature (of course), travel, psychology and medicine. I find the human experience … Continue reading

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