Category Archives: Novels

A New Challenge

A lot has happened in the eight days since I last posted something here, and to be frank a lot will happen in the days and weeks to come. Thankfully it seems no one really missed “Shelf Reflections” too much, … Continue reading

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Narrative and Authority in Oroonoko: “A Thousand Little Accidents”

It’s been a slow snow slow day – unless you were a New York City public school student, in which case I’m sorry – so here’s another little something about Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1678) from the archives to fill the shelf.  The novel … Continue reading

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The Shelf Life of Good Humor

It’s six weeks. Oh wait, I’m sorry – that box I had in the freezer actually expired all the way back in August of last year, so really the shelf life should be… Ok, so maybe I won’t be next in … Continue reading

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War, in Pieces

Edwin Starr bellowed the message better than anyone else – and in three-and-a-half minutes, to boot. But since war has become a seemingly inescapable (yet all too often, easily dismissible) fact of life, past or present or future, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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“Branches Without Roots”

Earlier this week (on Tuesday the 7th, to be precise) it was the 123rd anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday, though to be completely honest I never would have known that had it not been for an elegantly executed Google … Continue reading

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Bridging Books and Burdens: Allegory in “The Pilgrim’s Progress”

Welcome to 2014! And for those of us in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you’re coping well with the snow… So one of my first acts of the new year was to finish reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the much-beloved narrative … Continue reading

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Shelf Reflections: The Year (and More!) in Review

On a chilly, rainy Friday morning back in October, I walked up to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I spent some time sorting through the spines until I began asking myself: How many of these books have … Continue reading

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