Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reading Rat August 23, 2009

Updates to my recommended reading ... first postings on these authors:

There is no action without consequence, no cause without effect. In bad fiction, those effects fall upon each other like poorly laid dominoes, resulting in tedious plotting. Better writers can make predictable results seem fresh through cleverness and sincerity, but great writers tell stories that refuse the easy answers of inevitability. --Zack Handlen , review of A Mercy, by Toni Morrison, A.V. Club, December 3, 2008 [See recommended reading by Toni Morrison]

Just as Obama, in his increasing urge to inspire, a necessary aspect of his calling perhaps, often seeks a rhetoric free of bitterness and high on healing, Baldwin, in his urge to speak difficult truths, to tell white people what they least wished to hear, sometimes moved toward a tone which was almost shrill. --Colm Toibin, James Baldwin & Barack Obama, The New York Review of Books, October 23, 2008 [See recommended reading by James Baldwin]

Kepler's world: Celebrating the work of a neglected astronomer, The Economist, August 13, 2009 [See recommended reading by Johannes Kepler]

Updates to my recommended reading ... added to posts on these authors:

The Economist on the life of Friedrich Engels

The Economist on Galileo

F. R. Leavis on William Wordsworth

Peter W. Schramm on Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

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