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on Blameless, a novel by Claudio Magris (Yale University Press)

The making of Claudio Magris’ seventh book, Blameless, was inspired by an obscure figure named Professor Diego de Henriquez, “a brilliant, uncompromising Triestine of vast culture and fierce passion, who dedicated his entire life (1909-1974) to collecting weapons and military materiel of all types to build an original, overflowing War Museum that might, by displaying those instruments

“What Will You Read This Summer?” 28 Friends List Some Titles

I asked 27 friends (and a daughter) to name the titles of books they plan to read this summer. Scroll down to find lists by Elliot Ackerman, Jack Black, Eduardo Corral, Roz Chast, Rebecca Dinerstein, Rikki Ducornet, Joseph Gonnella, Tyehimba Jess, Nick Kroll, Tess Lewis, Fiona Maazel, Bill Marx, Gail Mazur, Jay Monahan, Laura O’Neill, Peter Orner, D.A.

on Behind The Moon, a novel by Madison Smartt Bell (City Lights Books)

I got hooked on Jungian psychology and mythopoesis as an undergraduate in the late 1960s, a preference that made me an unresponsive graduate student of structuralism. A concept such as “the eternal return” is invalidated when signs and mythic stories aren’t granted enduring archetypal and transpersonal significance.

on Baseball Books: Leo Durocher, Pitching as Deception, and Casey Stengel

Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son by Paul Dickson (Bloomsbury)
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott (Pantheon)
Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character by Marty Appel (Doubleday)

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