Category Archives: reading list

“If the Baiuvarii on the Lech don’t block your way”*

My husband knows that I have this fascination with local maps and roads and routes from long ago. In a recent acquisition of used books he stumbled across something he knew I’d like — “Die Alpen in Frühzeit und Mittelalter” … Continue reading

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2011 Reading List

My reading was all over the map in 2011. I picked some things up and put them back down again, tried others; I didn’t really have a plan (there’s a plan for 2012 which involves Homer and then Joyce. We’ll … Continue reading

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Letter From Antiquaristan

[Update: this was written before I learned that the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were evicted from Zucotti Park, from this unfortunate report: Protesters were told to take their belongings and leave. Any belongings not immediately carried out by protesters were … Continue reading

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Self-Homeschooling (At Forty-Nine)

Waterhouse, “Odysseus and the Sirens”. Which, yes, in fact would make a good band name. The Sirens here are pretty much exactly how I envisioned the Harpies in Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”. I am currently in the middle of “Lucia … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Patrick Leigh Fermor

I first came across the name Patrick Leigh Fermor in a biography about Bruce Chatwin; he and Robert Byron were his predecessors and influences in travel literature, and they were so neatly described that I immediately ordered old, out-of-print copies … Continue reading

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>Reading List 2010

>Well, it’s more of the same, and eventually I’ll exhaust this genre, but in 2010 I found a few new books on the shelf. Patrick Leigh Fermor, “Between The Woods And The Water” This is Part 2 of an intended … Continue reading

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>Book List 2009

>Between learning music, the internet, and New Yorker issues, I managed to get the following books in during the course of the year — mostly on the train or in my dressing room. Schlage die Trommel und fürchte Dich nicht … Continue reading

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>Booklist 2008

>Some of the books I have read this past year and recommend: Marie Vissiltchikov, Berlin Diaries 1940-1945. “Missy” V was an actual White Russian princess working in the foreign office in Berlin, very close to some of the co-conspirators of … Continue reading

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>The Year In Books

>My profession involves some waiting around in and around dressing rooms. Some people go over their lines for the zillionth time, some knit, some hang around in the canteen. I like to read, and I get a lot of reading … Continue reading

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