These perceptive moral essays crackle with wit, intelligence, and a wide range of knowledge.
I’m still not above watching vapid reality shows about meth-addicted Tiger tamers. Nor am I dismissive of the compelling fare we find on streaming media — we are living in a golden age of middlebrow culture. Certainly the world doesn’t need another writer praising the virtues of Moby-Dick. And that’s not my point. Sitting here in isolation, I come to praise the elemental beauty and depth that can be found only in great works of literature. Moby-Dick demanded my attention, imagination, and time. — David Harsanyi on reading Moby Dick
I was enthralled by this interesting blend of drawing and text from the start and finished it that day and promptly handed it over to my artist wife for her turn. I love the art and enjoyed the quirky and melancholy reflection that goes with it.
I will be the first to admit that I am not one of the most well-read book readers. So, when The Gilded Chalet came in the mail, I was not sure what to think. Once I started reading the book, however, I grew to enjoy its excerpts from great Western writers and its history of those writers in Switzerland and the world.
Sometimes I like the idea of reading books and writing reviews more than I do the actual process of reading books and writing reviews. Sometimes I like just the reading part …
Whatever strength remains at this site it lies in my books reviews and the occasional author interview. So I think it makes sense to focus on that and to work harder at posting reviews more often and with a greater level of engagement.
I am contemplating expanding CM beyond just books to more of a general purpose blog with a wider range of content (sports, current events, personal musings, etc.) instead of focusing on mostly just book reviews. Strong opinions on this? Drop in the comments (please!).