Issue of September 11, 2011

Powerful, wonderful, insightful. Our columns this week will probably hit you in several ways. And that’s what we intend.

The date of 9/11 has poignant emotions attached to it. But not just for Americans. Lauren Roberts shares an essay she found that addresses another country’s history important enough for us to remember and to respect in Remembering.

Can a passionate book lover find happiness in the e-world? Pete Croatto had the opportunity to do just that when an e-reader wrapped up as a wedding gift came into his life recently, an experience he shares with mixed feelings in An Act of Kindleness.

In The Secret Confluence of Books, Gillian Polack talks about books in context, that is, “what makes us collect words together in so many ways and why this type of meaning—books on shelves—is so very important to us.”

When he chose to take time off from writing biographies, Carl Rollyson had as his reason—he was worn out. Not surprisingly. Seven subjects in seven years. His respite included reviewing the genre. In other words, he loves biographies and tells why in more detail in From Picking a Subject to Pontificating on Subjects.

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