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November 30, 2009


Steven Riddle

Dear Professor,

The Bad Sleep Well would certainly be fine. The Lion King would probably be my choice--just to show the depth of permeation into our collective consciousness.

I know you didn't ask for advice, and this isn't really tendering it. Merely an excuse to come out of observation mode and let you know how much I enjoy and appreciate what you do here.




When I was in college (a loooong time ago), I would have loved to watch "The Bad Sleep Well" in conjunction with a literature course.


I definitely prefer the Longman to the Norton; I particularly like their "contexts" sections.

My only beef with the Longman is that they come out with new editions a bit too frequently, making it harder to order used copies (and making my margin notes too cumbersome to actually use).


R Lapides

Nice to see William Buckler's name. He was my dissertation advisor and someone I liked. I liked that book he edited, too.

Elton Yon

Dear Professor,

I'd like to congratulate you on your blog.

It is so calm and relaxing in here. The colors, the font, even the serene face of the young Victorian lady put me in a good mood. I sometimes slip in here to escape the sturm und drang of Crooked Timber and neighboring dens of dispute.

Yes Bleak House can be a bit rough. I was traumatized when I first read Thomas Hardy. But for sheer strangeness nothing quite matches first exposure to Franz Kafka's The Trial... not of course in your area.

Pity the art-of-reading is being undercut to some degree by internet trivia of one sort or another.

Presently I am reading "Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson" - a trilogy by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Exceedingly strange and esoteric... but I can't recommend it too much.

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