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A case for Evelyn Waugh: Humanity and absurdity

A case for Evelyn Waugh: Humanity and absurdity

By John Vaaler September 24, 2020
“The correct procedure [when assigned a story], is to jump to your feet, seize your hat and umbrella and dart out of the office with every appearance of haste to the nearest cinema." 
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The Librarian is in: ‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid

By Katrina Spencer September 24, 2020
In a nameless country in the Middle East, a civil war breaks out. Not only is this inconvenient for new lovers Nadia and Saeed, it’s potentially fatal.
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The Librarian is in: ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ by Marlon James

By Katrina Spencer September 17, 2020
“A Brief History of Seven Killings” is the most enrapturing audiobook vocal performance I’ve ever encountered.
Jay Parini’s “Borges and Me”: Beyond Just a Memoir

Jay Parini’s “Borges and Me”: Beyond Just a Memoir

By John Vaaler September 10, 2020
I recently chatted with Parini about “Borges and Me," reconstructing memories, an upcoming film adaption-- and even Donald Trump.

The Librarian is in: ‘100 Times’

By Katrina Spencer September 10, 2020
“100 Times” by Chavisa Woods is a compilation of autobiographical vignettes in which the author tells of the many times she has been sexually harassed, assaulted and/or discriminated against.

Empty bookstore shelves make room for Amazon

By HATTIE LEFAVOUR February 20, 2020
When the Middlebury College Bookstore stopped stocking physical books in 2018 — some say the ensuing collective groan still echoes in the hills — a large part of its rationale was students’ increasing use of Amazon.
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