Kamouraska – Anne Hébert

I am generally not into the whole “trapped, sad wife in olden times” genre. Edith Wharton is the only writer who has managed to make that story palatable for me, and it’s on the strength of her writing and the fact that her female characters are generally decent people or very entertainingly terrible people (see Undine Spragg in The Custom of the Country, one of my favorite books of all time).

January 2016

One month down and I’ve read seven books. I didn’t do full posts on most of them (already a bad blogger), but some thoughts below.

The Sound of the Mountain – Yasunari Kawabata

This was my fourth Kawabata book – the other three were Thousand CranesSnow Country, and House of the Sleeping Beauties. 

Ideas Have Consequences – Richard M. Weaver

This is Richard M. Weaver. He probably looks exactly like you thought he would.

This is a book by a man who believed strongly in a great many things that I disagree with. Richard M. Weaver, by all accounts, was a crotchety kind of gentleman, born and raised in the South, who was horrified by the loss of gentility and chivalry and God-fearing that infected the entire United States after the South lost the Civil War.


It’s time for all good bloggers to share their new year’s resolutions. I don’t have a list of resolutions so much as a number of goals based on a common theme: to live more slowly.

I’m currently reading William Powers’ New Slow City.* Powers previously wrote a book about living in a 12 x 12 cabin in the middle of nowhere, where it is very easy to live slowly and deliberately.