The Group by Mary McCarthy, 1963 Published by Virago Press First line: “It was June, 1933, one week after Commencement, when Kay Leiland Strong, Vassar ’33, the first of her class to run around the table at the Class Day dinner, was married to Harald Petersen, Reed ’27, in the chapel of St George’s Church, P.E., Karl F. Reiland, Rector.” * I’m 1/3 of the way into Mary McCarthy’s The Group and have not decided if I like any […]
Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James, 1931 Published by Wordsworth Editions First line: “It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the heart of Lincolnshire.” Book Rx: For the reader with an active imagination. Best consumed alone, by lamplight. * I first encountered M.R. James in a collection of ghost stories meant for children (older than I was then, […]
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, 2014 Published by McElderry Books First line: “When I was little I used to read before I slept at night. And I read by the light of a lamp clipped to my headboard. Stark white, and bright, I dreaded turning it off. What if I reached out… just past the edge of the bed and SOMETHING, waiting there, GRABBED ME and pulled me down, into the DARK” Book Rx: Carroll is […]
I must say I never really knew about “babymoons” until a work colleague, M, asked me about it. Granted, though she’s Singaporean she’s spent most of her adult life in Melbourne and therefore she knows all about funky drinks I’ve never heard of like Lemon, Lime & Bitters (a.k.a. LLB), calls sunglasses “sunnies” and has friends who go on babymoons.
For Christmas this year, I went home. It was a welcome respite from the avalanche of last-minute deal making (seriously, Japanese banks… please stop e-mailing, everyone else is on holiday mode :( ), frantic reading (not pleasant books like what I talk about here, but facility agreements and termsheets and sales agreements and on and on), and… well, work and studying, in general. I had a couple more posts I wanted to write, three more […]