Why have a blog if you never write anything on it? Henceforth, my pre-New Year’s vow: more blogs. (Which sounds to me like more slogs through wintry swamps in leaden boots, but so be it.)
1. Yo, Ivanhoe! Perhaps the most original writing on the web, always changing, always unique, always, somehow, heart-cracking. Check it out. http://www.rakemag.com/blogs/yo-ivanhoe
2. Shall We Gather at the River, poems by James Wright. Originally published in 1960, this is a beautiful, elegiac collection by one of my favorite poets.
3. Randall Jarrell’s Book of Stories, edited and with an introduction by Randall Jarrell. A small, lovely anthology, including work by Chekhov, Chuang T’zu, Dinesen, the Brothers Grimm and many others, this is absorbing reading. Take it one story at a time. Of this collection, Jarrell says, “Here, then, are thirty stories. Some of them are realistic, some fantastic; from the heights of some of the stories the abysses of others may seem infinitely removed. It is the reader who joins them.”
4. The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard. I loved this novel.
1. Check out this perfect high school prank: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gHT_ufv2iY8
2. A twisted Christmas tale: http://youtube.com/watch?v=RY6CbyW8grk