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KimHM

KimHM

Joined June 2016

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“ . . . the portraits of Nixon as hidden persuader and a middle-class striver both fed liberal fears that something like fascism might come to American shores. The demagoguery and the use of ‘the Big Lie,‘ the high-tech propaganda, even the lingering whiff of anti-Semitism—these traits suggested, if as a distant and unlikely scenario, the makings of an authoritarian who would prey upon a docile public (68).

KimHM And people wonder why I‘m still hung up on Tricky Dick. 5d
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“The only way in which a society can live for any length of time without violent strife is by establishing social justice, and social justice appears to each man to be injustice if he is persuaded that he is superior to his neighbors.”

(The ebook is on sale today 💖📚💚📚💖📚💚📚💖📚💚.)

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Four ingredient (none of which is sugar) oatmeal cookies + James Tate‘s last poems = heat wave Saturday morning 📚💚📚💙📚💜📚❤️📚🧡

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Every time I travel I come home with two new enthusiasms that must be quenched—for food and for new topics. On my recent return from New Mexico I was seized by the need for Hatch green chilis and for Billy the Kid. The latter required a combination of new (the tagged book), used, and library books to fulfill 😊 📚❤️ 🌶📚💚🌶📚🧡 🌶

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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If ever you had difficulty getting through this American classic, you might give this Audible version narrated by Anthony Heald a try. He gets the odd tone just exactly right. 📚💙📚💚

ReadingOver50 Oooo Anthony Heald! 2mo
Severnmeadows Thanks! I‘ve failed every time I‘ve tried to read it. I‘ll get this audiobook! 2mo
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💙📚❤️📚💚📚💜📚💛📚🧡

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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An addendum to yesterday‘s post: The Kindle version is on sale for $2.99!📚💙📚❤️ So we add that to my collection 💙📚💚📚❤️📚

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Okay, so I‘m a hardcore Gaiman prose fan: My copy of American Gods is an original first edition I bought in a Hastings bookstore and I have an electronic backup copy. I have Neverwhere in the original version in both paperback and CD AND copies of the Author‘s Preferred Text in hard copy and Audible. I‘ve read them countless times. But I‘ve just discovered that Neverwhere may be structurally perfect. (Above is the beginning of Richard‘s Ordeal.)

KimHM All the 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3mo
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“They could arrive last Tuesday when there‘s nobody home.”

This isn‘t in the same category as American Gods (one of my all time faves) but I‘m appreciating the subtlety of the writing more on this reread than I did when it first came out. 📚💙📚❤️📚💚

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Morning eyes. 🌞👀🚛🐩💙📚

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📚❤️📚💚📚🧡📚💙📚💜🚛🐩

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A scene is a tent!!! Ahhhhhhh!!! You guys probably all knew this already or had thought to look it up, but I did not and had not. Almost nothing makes me happier than being jolted out of something I had taken for granted 💙💡💙💡💙💡💙

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As I seem to be the first to post about this collection of review/essays, here‘s another.

Mendelsohn, unsurprisingly, was not too impressed with the 2004 film, Troy. The real value in this short essay, though, are his insights into the Iliad. ❤️📚💙📚💚📚

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Mendelsohn has very little use for Ted Hughes‘ attempt at translating Alcestis—or, possibly, his attempt at being a human being.

“In Hughes . . . there are no guilty husbands—no profound delving into the emotional (if not moral) squalor that often goes with being a survivor. There are just guilty abstractions.”

Theaelizabet I think I may agree with him... 4mo
KimHM As do I, @Theaelizabet 😞 4mo
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So I‘ve been objecting—as did Daniel Mendelsohn‘s dad—at the seeming lack of free will exhibited by Achilles, Odysseus, Helen, etc. Fortunately, Bernard Knox offers an explanation I can live with:

“. . . divine intervention and independent human action . . . seem to be the same thing viewed from different angles” (39).

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My summer reading is set ❤️📚💚📚💙 😍😍😍

Theaelizabet Outstanding! 4mo
saresmoore This‘ll be the bulk of my summer reading, too! 4mo
KimHM Cool, @saresmoore! We can compare notes. 4mo
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KimHM I did not entirely realize the complexities of translation when I began this project, @Theaelizabet. I keep wishing I could ask Daniel Mendelssohn questions. (edited) 4mo
KimHM @saresmoore Have you read Mendelssohn‘s memoir about his dad and The Odyssey? 4mo
saresmoore I haven‘t! I‘ve been seeing your posts about it, though. The memoir genre tends to put me off, so I‘ve been on the fence. 4mo
KimHM But, it‘s a memoir about reading! @saresmoore 😄 4mo
saresmoore Okay, fine, you convinced me. 😁 4mo
KimHM @saresmoore 😂📚😂📚😂 4mo
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The rage of Achilles . . .

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The reason I chose Mitchell even tho I have Fagles on the shelf 😬

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Daniel Mendelsohn has me so stirred up, I‘m not only reading his essays, I‘m diving into this this morning. After which, another go at the Odyssey. (DM does not, as far as I can tell, seem to have made his own translations.) ❤️📚💚📚💙📚

Theaelizabet I loved DM‘s book about the Odyssey and his Dad. I haven‘t read Mitchell‘s translation of the Iliad, but I‘ll bet it‘s good. 4mo
KimHM @Theaelizabet That‘s the DM book I just finished. I loved it soooo much! 4mo
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ALL the ⭐️s and ALL the 💡!!!

This may be the best memoir I‘ve ever read. The person and his work and his subjects are so perfectly integrated one feels upon reading that one has walked and read and loved and grieved beside him. And I‘m going to give the Odyssey and the Iliad another go.

Graywacke I have this on the shelf. Intimated by the size, but like your comments here 5mo
KimHM @Graywacke I read my e-version in three and a half days, in between teaching and yoga and regular life. It is soooo engaging it doesn‘t feel at all intimidating. And I‘ve downloaded two more of his books bc he is so, well, inspiring (a word I almost never use 😄)! 5mo
Graywacke @KimHM that‘s nice to know. I‘m a terribly slow reader, but still that sounds more doable than I expected. 5mo
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“a heroism of survival” 📚❤️💙📚💚📚

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”Greek‘s vast vocabulary of pain” !!!!

I‘m a third of the way through this combination memoir/exegesis and it‘s like hanging out with a very cool, very smart Classics prof (which, of course, is what Mendelssohn is 😍). Def making me want to give Homer another go 😍

Abailliekaras Oh I‘m dying to read this! A good reminder (it‘s in my shelves at home) - thank you! 📚 5mo
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Although all first person narrators are unreliable to some extent, Merricat Blackwood must crack the top twenty. If you haven‘t read this very short novel, now‘s a good time to give it a go as the ebook is $1.99. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

(And, yes, indeed, I have an ebook problem 😬📚❤️📚💚📚❤️😬)

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My students begin presentations on Monday. I‘m going to write this on the board. 😬

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If you were born later than 1980, some of the things Klosterman writes will make you feel icky and you may declare that he is irredeemably insensitive. This is perfectly understandable and perfectly okay. You should read it anyway. 💚📚❤️📚💙⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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One has to ask, why is it always April? Found this photo in an Atlas Obscura story about a batch of San Francisco earthquake photos going up for auction. No book has ever given me as enduring a sense of that disaster as King‘s mystery novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/photographs-san-francisco-earthquake

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“. . . what I saw was only one part of the truth . . . And I needed what they saw . . . “

🖤🧠💡⚖️🔬🖤

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Everyone needs more Chuck Klosterman in their lives. I care almost not at all about rock music but I love CK. He is the antidote to everything terrible. I bought this pristine copy of Killing Yourself to Live at the library book sale for two bucks. I‘m a little sorry that Klosterman thus will benefit not all but he is probably completely okay with it, so I will be,too.

“Death rides a pale horse, but I shall ride a silver Taurus.”

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Trinity | Louisa Hall
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This was very nearly a rave but the last chapter did not work for me, though I understand what Hall was going for and why she made the choice she did. I liked reading the fictional characters as analogies of real people in Oppenheimer‘s life and the effect of circling around a largely unknowable figure. The writing itself is always good and sometimes gorgeous. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and 1/2.

KimHM If anyone has any multi-narrator, first person (non-sci-fi) faves, I‘d like hear about them. 5mo
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Trinity | Louisa Hall
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This is an intense and engaging and really, really well written novel. I can‘t believe no one else has posted about it. And, if you read electronically, the Kindle edition is $1.99. Have a look. 📚💙

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Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again | Jessica Beck, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor, Trevor Fairbrother
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Trevor Fairbrother understands Warhol—person and concept. This is, so far, definitely the best essay in this volume.

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Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again | Jessica Beck, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor, Trevor Fairbrother
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One of the most interesting and enlightening characterizations of Warhol I‘ve come across in my post show reading frenzy. 💙📚💚📚❤️

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“It‘s not discipline, B,” I repeated. “It‘s knowing what you really want.”

Yes, I saw this show at the Whitney and fell in love all over again, but, also, Warhol matters so much more than his reputation. The Philosophy is 100% bonkers and 100% required reading and 100% telephones and underwear. ALL the 💙s and ⭐️s and 💡s !

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“A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good” (101).

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“. . . the only ‘person‘ qualified to be your boss would be a computer that was programmed especially for you, that would take into consideration all of your finances, prejudices, quirks, idea potential, temper tantrums, talents, personality conflicts, growth rate desired, amount and nature of competition, what you‘ll eat for breakfast. . . “ (96). Warhol invented Facebook. In 1975.

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At the Whitney 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤Are Better Than One

ValerieAndBooks I hope to get to see that exhibit 🤞!! 6mo
KimHM It‘s soooo good, @ValerieAndBooks, but you must hurry—it closes the end of the month 😢🧡💙❤️💚💜 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Eek — thanks for the heads up! 6mo
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We cannot cure our current ailments until we understand their causes. Jill Lepore is a great place to begin.

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If you want to understand our current political and cultural situation, this is an excellent place to begin. If you are a person (as I am) who came of age in the 1970s and don‘t entirely understand your alienation, this is likewise an excellent place to begin. 💡💡💡💡💡

KimHM Note: If you click on the title it links to some enhanced e-version of Nixonland which is not what I read, but it was Litsy‘s only option for the title. 7mo
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Read most of this last night, finished the last quarter this morning, and I‘m thinking this should become my regular Friday ritual: read a memoir about an experience wholly unfamiliar to me (if the term “relatable” were stricken from the world I‘d give the biggest word party ever!).

So, to review. This is a fairly quick read, absorbing, interesting in the ways Shapiro approaches the trauma of her existence (not a spoiler to reveal . . .

KimHM that her reaction is nearly identical to that of persons who experience natural disasters and other traumas). Although the name dropping was a teensy bit annoying (to be fair, she can‘t help who she knows), and a fairly essential question is left unanswered, I was surprised by the anger in the one star reviews elsewhere. Overall I rate this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, maybe even four and a half. 7mo
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Alas, we still live in Nixonland.

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I‘m about a quarter of the way through this and so far it is dense and poetic (as one would expect) and pretty close to perfect. Some may object to Young‘s fondness for puns, but they work. Trust me, if you care about truth, you need this book in your life.

vivastory I love his poetry & he has edited a lot of fantastic poetry anthologies 9mo
KimHM Yes, I‘m putting him on my Poetry TBR 😄 9mo
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Greetings! I‘ve been working on a story (writing tends to eat into reading time 😬) and then school started and that meant prep and grading and whew! But I finished the story and I‘m starting research for something new and that means yay! reading! I‘m actually reading these two simultaneously, thirty or forty pages in one and then the other. Not very efficient but actually pretty interesting and quite (ahem) enlightening ❤️📚💡💡💡

Bklover 😂😂 12mo
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The tagged book is not released yet, but The Coming Storm is likely a preview of sorts. It‘s free for Audible members and under five dollars for non-members and it‘s one of the most important pieces you‘ll ever listen to if you‘re likely to be affected by weather or by data. And let‘s face it, most of us are. As with all Lewis‘s brilliant analyses, the essence of this one is the system and what it‘s doing to you. 📚💚📚💙

KimHM Full disclosure: Lewis hangs this analysis on the 2011 Joplin Tornado which I experienced. I hadn‘t the least idea he‘d done it until I plugged in. 13mo
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Art history is book history, too 😬📚😬 (This painting by Sarah Miriam Peale is in the Harvard Art Museums and I can‘t tell you how much I ❤️❤️❤️ it. )

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Book history is history. 💙📚❤️📚💙📚❤️📚💙

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Mosquitoes | William Faulkner
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Once upon a time these three novels—among many others—were “Banned in Boston.” This is one of several exhibits in Boston‘s Old South Meeting House that examine the definitions and ramifications of freedom. 💙📚❤️

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Gloucester, Massachusetts Fishermen‘s memorial. 📚💙🌊

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Reading in this tiny urban park in Andover, Mass until Daughter gets off work and retrieves me. 📚🌿💚

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“. . . a food of humbling complexity . . . “

Try as I might, it‘s difficult to escape reminders of the train wreck that is the current administration. Sigh.

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Uncharacteristically, I‘ve started this series in the middle. Book One is apparently not really a mystery? and the narrator for Book Two was terrible (It‘s for my #audiowalk see pic 😉). All of which is to say: I have a question. Is Maisie Dobbs herself psychic?

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