A 4 Million Word Betrayal

By some estimations, Marcel Proust’s  In Search of Lost Time is the longest novel ever written. It is also considered one of the best. Though broken up into seven volumes, with the last three still rough drafts at the time of Proust’s death, the 1,200,000 word novel is lauded as a singular work of “daily epiphanies.” Christopher Hitchens … Continue reading

Comma, Confession

I admit it: I have read several books on grammar. Perhaps five or six all the way through. And yet, as you can see from the previous sentence fragment, I am not much of a stickler. Knowing grammar is fine, but the passion some readers and writers have for grammar is alarming. I believe you should … Continue reading

A Little on John Updike

Yesterday we starting a new novel: John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick. If you want to know a little about it, check out this previous post. I first heard about John Updike from a guy in college who had become a night watchman at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum because he thought it would deliver … Continue reading