Sea of Reads

Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.

No, Thanks

Like many if not most bookaholics, I live with the constant anxiety of knowing I will never, no matter to what ripe old age I survive, be able to read … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

No Cure for Psychopathy

Dick Cheney’s memoir has been out for two and a half years. I haven’t read it, and don’t intend to. I limit my intake of psychopathy to Criminal Minds. That … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Old Posts About Old Books

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is on my to read list. I’m not sure I ever read it before. Also, Call It Sleep, which is in the same category of books … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment


From The Millions, by Sam Allingham, on the revamped Librivox, and the joys of reading aloud: Essays On Reading Aloud By Sam Allingham posted at 12:00 pm on March 4, … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Swann’s Way

I am about three-quarters of the way through Swann’s Way, the first volume of Proust’s massive À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, or In Search of Lost Time. This is … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Year’s Eve, 2013

I’m at page 250 in Hermione Lee’s biography of Edith Wharton. Got a ways to go, though, since the book is 800 pages. It’s incredibly detailed. Yesterday, Blackwater came, and Swann’s … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Books Have Saved a Lot of Lives

This is what I love about Twitter. I’m always finding wonderful new book places to blog about. (Of course, I usually don’t, but that’s CD at work, not lack of … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment