I Read My Second Stephen King Novel

Is there a statute of limitation on murder?  I guess I could look this up with a quick search on Google, but it’s easier just to ask you.  It’s also a rhetorical question, as I wanted to get your attention.  I ask because I just read a novel in which the protagonist gets away with... Continue Reading →

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An American Masterpiece: Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner’s (1909-1993) masterpiece Angle of Repose (1971; Pulitzer 1972) explores the marriage relationships of Susan and Oliver Ward and Lyman and Ellen Ward and the free-love relationship of Shelly Rasmussen and Larry.  Lyman, a retired historian, writes a history of his grandparents’ lives after his wife leaves him for his surgeon during his struggle... Continue Reading →

How to Catch a Book Thief

It’s time to come clean.  I live in Utah.  I don’t know why, but when I started this blog I felt compelled to keep that from you.  Call it a desire to be anonymous or a desire to avoid scrutiny.  I guess my motives don't really matter, but my motive for telling you today does. ... Continue Reading →

Breaking Up With Blogger

You’ve just started blogging, and a few months in, a blogger you’ve never heard of nominates you for one of those blogging “awards.”  It’s exciting.  How flattering to think that somebody noticed your blog, somebody that isn’t your mother.  You realize that the “award” is more of a chain letter that promotes exposing other blogs... Continue Reading →

The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book list, so I killed two birds with one stone: pleasing people and checking a book off of my list. I can’t decide... Continue Reading →

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