We ponder the ponderous opening half of The Optimist’s Daughter. Oh, how awfully it ponders … More Despite the title, we’re not optimistic
In which the heads of two readers explode while trying to sum up all of the depressing metaphors. … More Overwhelmed by power…
When an author runs mad with power and jumps back and forth through time, what does it mean? … More Wrinkles in time
Hold onto your hat boo-boo, the vernacular gonna get hairy … More First impressions: Geeeeee willikers
It all seemed to be going so well. And then everything imploded … More The end: Things fall apart
Some random facts about a once great, now largely forgotten author … More But seriously, who is Booth Tarkington?
Pretending that you’re not bored or abandoned or uncomfortable is so much easier now that we have cellphones … More Midway mark: Cinderella at the ball
Three chapters in, we’ve learned Alice has inordinately pretty hands. Good for her … More First impressions: A diva in white
In other words, how we’re getting started … More Who the hell is Booth Tarkington?