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A Common Story Is Achieved

The Borrowed House, Hilda van Stockum’s juvenile novel about World War II, opens with a German girl collecting eggs in a barn when the farmwife orders her to kill a chicken for dinner. Janna cannot do it. How could she kill a creature that has a name? And yet what can she, a child, do […]

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The Years the Locust Has Eaten

Two verses keep bumping together in my head, one from the prophet Joel and one from the second Chronicles:


 “I will restore to you the years     which the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,     my great army, which I sent among you.” (Joel 2:25) “All this was to fulfill the […]

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Reading Notes March 2018

Finished in March 1. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden This was not my first visit to Brede Abbey. I’ve read the novel a few times. But recently the Kindle edition was on sale and I snapped it up, thinking it might be handy to have. I was very glad that I had […]

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Harry Dresden’s Purgatorial Changes

Caveat Lector: Warning the following blog post contains lots of spoilers for the Dresden Files series. If you don’t want any of the books spoiled, then don’t read any further. After I finished reading Changes I needed someone to talk about it with. Or barring good conversation, I’d take reading some good essays and reviews. […]

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The Inadequacy of Words

  Reading notes on a section of God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel, the section titled: “The Disparity of Experience and Expression”. I’m having fun reading Heschel alongside one of my favorite poem sequences ever, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. All unattributed quotes are from the Heschel. “. . […]

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Reading Notes February 2018

Finished 1. Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt I wrote my review already. You can read it here. 
As a retelling of the myths of the Norse gods, it’s somewhat satisfactory; but what drew me in is that really at heart it’s not a book about gods but a book about reading. (Not surprisingly since writing about […]

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January 2018 Reading Notes: Dresden Files Binge

In January I continued the binge-reading of the Dresden Files that I began in December. The Dresden Files is a series of supernatural hard-boiled detective fantasy in which wizard Harry Dresden makes his home in modern day Chicago, earning his rent money as a private investigator, specializing in the supernatural end of things— vampires, ghosts, […]

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