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Entries by Dave Astor from 08/2011

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

| Posted 08.08.2011 | Books

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

The Art of Not Finishing a Famous Book

| Posted 08.12.2011 | Books

I realize that continuing to slog through a novel that says "stop reading me" after 100 pages may pay dividends when I reach the end of the book. Dense can turn into sophisticated, confusing into illuminating.

If All Books Were as Violent as Cormac McCarthy Books

| Posted 08.17.2011 | Books

Yup, it would be quite a literary world if all books contained as much mayhem as Cormac McCarthy novels.

Famous Authors Related by Blood or Marriage

| Posted 08.21.2011 | Books

The Bronte sisters weren't alone in blood being as thick as ink.

Fifteen of This Millennium's Top Novels

| Posted 08.29.2011 | Books

These aren't necessarily the best novels of the past 11 years, because there are acclaimed books I've yet to read.