3 Responses to The Literary Math of a Lifetime, or, Read Like You’ll Live Forever, and Other News for August at the Porcupine’s Quill

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  2. leon rooke says:

    Hi Steph–In the past I’ve averaged about 80
    a year. Now down to about 50. Last week I reread Paris Trout by Pete Dexter and read
    for the first time his first novel which is probably better than the NBA award-winner. Also reread after decades The Queen’s Gambit,
    smashing as it was the first time. Gracce Paley, Joy Williams, all those mostly women
    discovered long ago. Such a treat, reafirming
    love of the best.

    • Steph says:

      I’ve been meaning to read The Queen’s Gambit! The TV show has been recommended to me many times, but I’ve always preferred to read the book first, out of loyalty to the printed word.

      I agree with you that rereading old favourites after a while can be a treat. Rarely do I reread a book and wonder why I liked it so much in the first place. For the most part I’m reminded of the beauty of a particular author’s artistic expression, and sometimes I also get a burst of nostalgia for the time and place I associate with reading the book for the first time.

      Keep enjoying those old favourites!


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