By Michael Dirda
From Pulitzer Prize-winning ebook critic Michael Dirda comes a set of his such a lot own and interesting essays at the literary life—the ideal spouse for any lover of books.
Michael Dirda has been hailed as "the best-read individual in America" (The Paris Review) and "the top publication critic in America" (The ny Observer). as well as the Pulitzer Prize he used to be provided for his reports in The Washington Post, he picked up an Edgar from the secret Writers of the US for his newest publication, On Conan Doyle.
Dirda's most modern quantity collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, publication accumulating, and the writers he loves. attaining from the classics to the post-moderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and M. F. ok. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's themes are both different: literary pets, the misplaced artwork of cursive writing, booklet inscriptions, the pleasures of technological know-how fiction conventions, writer pictures, novelists in previous age, Oberlin collage, a yr in Marseille, writer's block, and lots more and plenty extra, to not forget a couple of rants approximately Washington lifestyles and American tradition. As admirers of his past books will anticipate, there are annotated lists galore—of excellent publication titles, nice event novels, favourite phrases, crucial books approximately books, and loved children's classics, in addition to a revealing peek on the titles Michael retains on his personal nightstand.
Funny and erudite, sometimes poignant or offended, Browsings is a party of the interpreting existence, a fan's notes, and the proper reward for any booklover.
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