Issue of September 2, 2012

Well, school’s back in session (or nearly so) so parents, teachers, and other academic employees are no doubt relieved, or perhaps dismayed. Not to worry; we have some soothing reading and reading suggestions for you.

“History is full of silences. History is full of silencing.” So says Gillian Polack in her initial review of a new book, a “wonderful bringing-together of archeology with standard history” that helps to break down assumptions and ideas that don’t necessarily contribute a fine understanding to our past and current selves in Women’s Lives.

Biography is one of the most intimate of literary genres, and that can be seen in the relationships that develop between the biographer and his subject, and often even more so between the biographer and his sources other than the subject after the book has been written. Carl Rollyson shares some of correspondence with the daughter of his latest subject and how a shared painful connection helped bring them together in Biography by Twitter, or The Aftershocks of Biography.

The annual Bookmarks competition and exhibit has just arrived, and Laine Farley takes on a detailed tour of the artists and their specially designed bookmarks in what she determined to be the underlying themes of Literary, Nature, Memory, Wayfinding, and Pure Art in Bookmarks X: Infiltrating the Library System.

This first issue of September—when many people begin to experience autumn temperatures—brings to Lauren Roberts’ mind some thoughts about seasonal reading: what for her constitutes summer reading and what constitutes winter reading. And more importantly, why. She struggles to find an answer in Literary Temperature-Taking.


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