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book review The Scientist in the Crib

I mentioned that I was reading The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn by Alison Gopnik, Andrew Meltzoff, and Patricia Kuhl. This was a great book. I’m so glad I pushed myself through the introduction, which almost lost me, because I really enjoyed the rest of the book. And in fact […]

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What I’m reading Dove Descending

Dove Descending: A Journey into T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets by Thomas Howard. I have a bit of a confession to make before I go off ranting and raving about this book: There is no way I can be either impartial or brief about this subject (but this is my blog and I can ramble at […]

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A question of language

I’m currently about halfway through The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn, a fascinating book. It’s quite hard to put down. This isn’t a review; I’ll probably write a wrap-up later once I’m done with the book. Instead, I’ve been musing about a tangential question. At first, even though I picked […]

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from my sister

A new meme: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open it to page 161. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions. 5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you. “Oedipus’ unmaking and remaking, his central […]

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What I’ve been reading: Helena

I recently read Helena by Evelyn Waugh, a historical novel about St Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine who found the fragments of the true cross and brought them to Europe.—I’m on a bit of a Waugh kick after a recent re-read of Brideshead Revisited, which I am now starting to class among my favorite […]

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What I’ve been reading

Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare I read an article by Asquith last fall and then a reader recommended this book. I love Shakespeare; but have been a bit sceptical about the claims that he was a closet Catholic hiding subversive elements in his plays. It felt too much like the […]

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good book

Mom lent me a good book while we were in Texas over Christmas: The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and like time travel stories. This one is different. THe narative structure is part of what makes it so fascinating—mom said she finished it and then went back to […]

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Narnia

I expected to be disappointed in any movie based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe simply because anyone else’s vision wouldn’t match with mine. My parents might be able to tell you when I first entered the magical world of Narnia. I can’t. The Horse and His Boy is the first book I […]

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