September 29, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Part 13: The Art and Imagination Of Man

This is the final installment of a series that began with Behind the Bookcase, Part 1: In Search of A Hiding Place. I had heard the […]
September 29, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 12: The Guide by R. K. Narayan

  After all these years, I still believe with Lauren Myracle that the development of empathy is one of literature’s crowning achievements.  I believe with J. […]
September 15, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 11: Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums

“All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”  The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby Last week, for […]
September 7, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 10: A Clockwork Orange

Then I looked at its top sheet, and there was the name—A CLOCKWORK ORANGE—and I said: ‘That’s a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a […]
September 1, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 9: Gender and Nature

“I don’t like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty […]
August 29, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Week 8: A Death in the Family

Most YA readers in America stop right here.  From junior high and high school literature, they gain a few basic sentiments–sentiments which may or not be […]
August 4, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Part 7: The Scarlet Letter

“On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.” —Nathaniel […]
June 20, 2011

Behind the Bookcase, Part 6: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered ‘different.’ She did not suffer too much.”  Betty Smith, […]