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Jay McInerney became a literary superstar with his debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City. It was the sort of book I felt I had to read when I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, ten years after its publication. 537 more words

Book Reviews

Wine, Words and Wednesday, No. 92 (Don't analyze the rosé unless you like to swim. Got it.)

For the past few mornings, I’ve woken up to temperatures in the 20s.  My backyard, covered in frost.  I don’t particularly enjoy 20 degrees any time of year, but I feel especially inhospitable toward it when my calendar says… 332 more words


"It's Laudable To Be Audible": Enhancing the Reading Experience (Or Not)

“Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?”

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

1. Musical Accompaniment

Not long ago I went to a silent-reading event at the Colonial-era…

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The Necessity Of Reading

Infinite Jest at 20

The New York Times looks back on the release of David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus

When his “Infinite Jest” came out 20 years ago, David Foster Wallace felt some anxiety about how his fully stuffed novel would be received. 126 more words

20th Century

A peek inside Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

“You described the feeling you’d always had of being misplaced, of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt. 249 more words


'Bright Lights, Big City' by Jay McInerney

Fiction – hardcover; Bloomsbury; 240 pages; 1992.

What a joy this Bloomsbury classic proved to be. First published in 1985, I’d long written Jay McInerney’s… 848 more words


The (fashion) World, According to Allison Poole

My reading schedule didn’t go exactly as planned in Cabo; that being said, I did manage to get a fair amount read. The Unbearable Lightness of Being… 652 more words