A Year in Reading

By Parul Sehgal, The Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 The plan was to have an orderly Year in Reading. To finally fill the gaps, dammit, to scale The Magic Mountain and read Hollinghurst properly instead of flipping around for the filthy bits. To read sitting up for a change — like a human adult — rather than burrowingContinue reading “A Year in Reading”

The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 28, 2012   In its quality of attention and faith in the salvific power of the right words in the right order, the essay resembles nothing so much as a secular prayer. That, at least, was the original point. The essay has proved wayward, whichContinue reading “The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More”