Adventures in Reading 2022


  1. Jeffrey Franklin
    Jeffrey Franklin January 15, 2023 at 11:31 am .

    What a treasure trove! Thank you, Joe. I had forgotten why I love Thomas Hardy, and you have reminded me. And there are revelations here, including Limon and Gimferrer. What a reader you are! What a beautiful curator. Thank you.

  2. Max Todd
    Max Todd January 5, 2023 at 2:48 pm .

    I loved Courting the Wild Twin! It really felt like a defining part of my year. Sometimes I worry that Martin’s flowery prose isn’t gonna convince anyone who needs to be convinced of the power of myth–not because it’s bad prose, but because it’s a little inaccessible (though maybe I’m underestimating people–I keep imagining a Rudy Giuliani-type tossing the book over their shoulder and growling “hippie crap,” but not everyone’s so dismissive). For someone ready and willing to embrace his ideas, though, I had a very enlightening reading experience. Glad to see you also enjoyed it.

  3. J.R. (John) Thelin
    J.R. (John) Thelin January 4, 2023 at 10:10 am .

    What a treasure trove! I am always on the lookout for great reads, so thank you, thank you.

  4. Patricia Dubrava
    Patricia Dubrava January 3, 2023 at 1:19 pm .

    And here’s the comment I meant to leave: So, Thomas Mann. The classic I abandoned in 2022 was The Brothers Karamazov. Phil says I whined all the while I was reading it, skipping enormous sections, jumping to the end. When I read it at 17, I found it fascinating. But then it was my first experience of long monologues and dialogues about whether God existed. And of course, you know Dylan Thomas copied by hand the poems he admired, to learn how they were made. I type excerpts I want to keep these days. What a wonderful assortment of poems you saved, in any case.

  5. Patricia Dubrava
    Patricia Dubrava January 2, 2023 at 6:55 pm .

    A fabulous list and many industrious copied poems! I expect you learned a good deal doing it.

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