The Big Read Blog (Archive)

A Farewell to Arms

December 4, 2007 Washington, DC Sometimes, even if the picture won't win any prizes, the subjects are the story. Snapped here are Big Read partners Jane Wood and Henry Fortunato, flanking a first edition of Darwin's On the Origin of Species . Jane presumably brings the same dynamism to chairing the...
September 25, 2007 Oak Park, Illinois Two things I learned in Oak Park, Ill.: 1) roughly a third of the world's fresh water is in the Great Lakes, and 2) roughly a third of America's creativity grew up or flowered in Oak Park. OK, I'm exaggerating, but it's not just O.P.-reared Ernest Hemingway,...
August 9, 2007 Washington, DC No two people ever read the same book. Partly, this is because few people ever read the same two books in a row. Every book we read, we also read juxtaposed against the book before and the one after. For example, if you read the first 21st-century novel on the Big Read...
July 19, 2007 Washington, DC ?Mom, which one of us do you love best?? It?s a question my mother would never answer, but each of us had our suspicions -- depending on which of us had just pitched marbles into her demitasse set (oldest brother), taken the pinking shears to her hand-sewn curtains to...
July 13, 2007 Washington, DC I hate to deluge the Communications office with yet another post, but by the clock on the wall, it's time for Uncle David to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what you blog fans out there in cyberland are exercised about. Turns out there's a fascinating letter from...
April 27, 2007 Miami, Florida "And God keeps his appointment with Miami every sundown. Berthed on the east of Biscayne Bay, I can look to the western side, which I never fail to come top-side and do around sunset. Thus I get the benefit of his slashing paint brush all the way?The show is changed...

Pages