vikram seth

Seven Long Books for the Longest Night of the Year

The winter solstice marks a turning point in the seasons—though there is much of the winter still to come in terms of weather, temperature and (in many places) snow, it offers hope that spring will eventually get here in the form of an additional moment or two of daylight with each passing day. First, of… Read More »

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Celebrate Classical Music Month with These Five Notable Reads

September is Classical Music Month, and even if you do not consider yourself a huge classical music aficionado, you probably know more about classical music (and its far-, far-reaching influences) than you think. From lullabies to tea commercials to cell phone ringtones, classical music’s presence in our lives is ubiquitous. For book lovers, classical music… Read More »

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In Praise of Big Books: How 800 Pages Can Feel Too Short

There is something exhilarating about reading a book in just a day or two, the rush that compels you to keep reading even as the hours fade into meaninglessness. And when you do emerge from the world in the pages, bleary eyed and satisfied, the exhaustion is delicious. Like a square of Swiss chocolate or… Read More »

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