some 2018 reading picks

This year in reading, 53  (and counting!) in all, from such wide ranging picks from nonfiction, like Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown; The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum; The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; to such essays by Arundhati Roy, Virginia Woolf, and Mary Oliver; and finally the fiction, like The Luminaries … Continue reading some 2018 reading picks

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Beauty for the sake of Beauty

Richard O. Prum, an avid bird watcher by training, has revivified the debates around evolutionary biology in his new book The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World -- and Us (2017). Prum's thesis is that too much attention is bestowed on Darwin's (overwhelmingly) misunderstood theory of natural selection … Continue reading Beauty for the sake of Beauty

a reading update: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

I'm only about sixty percent through The Woman in White, but it has been seeping into my dreams. The suspense thrums along, traveling under the pages, complete with peaks and troughs, but ever present and quietly escalating. The "horror" that Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe endure under the tyranny of Sir Percival Glyde and the odious … Continue reading a reading update: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins