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This blog commenced on October 9, 2004. Patrick and Kathryn are good friends who love to talk about what we're reading.

From Patrick's introductory post: My principles, best summed up as “few and scattered,” are these: I read a lot of books; I know what I like—and don’t; and I have no qualms praising or complaining about all things “literature,” a very broad term in my view, which concerns aesthetic writings in all their messy, complex, knottyness (or, not infrequently, their homophone). Rarely will I summarize plots; I suggest you go to Amazon.com for that (or the New York Times Book Review—it is published each Sunday in the New York Times and may be distinguished from the New York Times Magazine in that it is not published on glossy paper but good old fashioned newsprint suitable for wrapping breakables and houseplants; don’t let the term “review” in the title put you off, it rarely allows such extraneous considerations to get in the way of a good capsule plot summary). 

[N.B.:  Given the improved quality of the New York Times Book Review, I feel a bit sheepish about the high-handed tone of these remarks.  We shall see if it has truly turned a page under its current fiction editor, or, like the unfortunate Atlantic Monthly following the tragic death of its editor who turned that periodical around, Michael Kelly, will revert back to its old ways.]

From Kathryn's: Well, Patrick asked me to co-blog, and here I am.
More: I am from New Orleans and live in Austin, Texas. Married. Cat. Literature ABD (specialty: orphan narratives). Jumped out of the fire of academia and landed in the frying pan of the publishing industry some years ago.

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WHAT WE'RE READING

Patrick:

 

Kathryn:

 

 

  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3

 

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