Saturday, July 29, 2006


50 "Greatest" Things You've Never Done

Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this particular Anna Karenina translation is said to be the definitive text for generations to come.

But I've never read Anna Karenina, nor have most of you. Let's make a list of the 50 "greatest" things that we've never done, experienced, read, or seen. I've never gone to Paris nor watched Citizen Kane from start to finish. You've never read the entire Bible nor read the first page of Proust's long novel. You've never tasted pistachio ice cream nor understood the causes of the Punic and Peloponnesian wars.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Fiction versus nonfiction?

Generally speaking, which gives you more pleasure: reading fiction or reading nonfiction?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Hidden secrets

Are any of these secrets strangely reminiscent of an experience you've had?

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