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Working-Class Literature

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On January 31, 2013
Labor Notes has an interesting survey of working-class literature, asking organizers and activists about their favorite class-conscious novels. Admittedly, when I became a professor I stopped reading novels. This is literally the single biggest thing I don't like about my job. I feel incredibly guilty...

Roth

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On November 9, 2012

Philip Roth, the greatest American writer of his era, claims to have retired. In the end, this might be a good thing, assuming he really retires. While his 90s and.

Saramago

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On March 15, 2012

Guernica is publishing a Jose Saramago short story in two parts. Here is the first. There's not much left unpublished from the great writer I presume. This story is part.

Henry Miller

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On January 30, 2012
Very interesting Jeanette Winterson take on Henry Miller in the Times Book Review. I suppose my problem with Miller isn't that he was a misogynist per se. Philip Roth is a misogynist and he's one of my favorite living authors. It's that Miller was a...

More Freedom

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On December 29, 2010

Since SEK brought it up... Since what I have to say is predominantly negative, I should say that Freedom is not without its pleasures and accomplishments. Ruth Franklin's bottom line,.

What I’m Reading…

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In Robert Farley
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On August 16, 2010
I am slowly and not so surely pushing my way through this list, working forward chronologically.  William Hazlitt's On Common-Place Critics is, in fact, quite fantastic.  Now reading the Fitzgerald, although because the list has been updated several times I've actually made more progress than...

Saramago

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On June 18, 2010

Jose Saramago has passed.  I discovered Saramago around the turn of the century, but have somehow found time to read almost the entirety of his English translated work.  My favorites:.

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