The Next-Big-Thingism: Téa Obreht’s Tiger’s Wife

Am I turning into a curmudgeon?  I’m 0/2 on the most celebrated debut novels of the new decade. I recently finished Téa Obreht’s debut novel The Tiger’s Wife, and I’m having trouble understanding the fuss.  (It’s possible I was a curmudgeon already: upon hearing me complain about skateboarders on the sidewalk at the age of twelve, [...]

Reading in Tongues: The Radetzky March

It is a sad fact of studying languages that they are subject to rust.  Without active effort, it’s really only possible to get worse.  If I think about this too hard, or at all, I’m prone to get either sad or overzealous.  It’s the latter reaction, thankfully, that has produced this post.  “Reading in Tongues” [...]

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