Sea of Reads

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

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

It’s Just Your Imagination, Running Away With You

And that’s everything, says Neil Gaiman. “We have an obligation to imagine,” and to read, and to spend time in libraries: It’s important for people to tell you what side … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment