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Novel Readings 2021


Remembering Owen


My son Owen died on December 30, 2021. These posts follow and explore my experience of grief and mourning, often in relationship to my reading.

Owen Maitzen (1997-2021) (December 31, 2021)

Days (January 8, 2022)

Firsts, After (January 11, 2022)

That Thought’s Return (January 24, 2022)

My Absent Child (January 31, 2022)

Unfurled (February 9, 2022)

Seasons (February 19, 2022)

Still (March 6, 2022)

Time Passes (March 21, 2022)

Unwilling (March 30, 2022)

No Words (April 12, 2022)

My Dear Bright Child – Rereading Margaret Oliphant’s Autobiography (April 27, 2022)

Everybody Hurts (May 18, 2022)

That Extraordinary Extinction – Reading Woolf’s Diaries on the Death of Julian Bell  (June 11, 2022)

Half A Year (June 30, 2022)

In This Room (July 7, 2022)

An Unwilling Elegy – Rereading Yiyun Li (July 26, 2022)

In A Dark Wood: William Styron, Darkness Visible (August 11, 2022)

Hands of Water (August 31, 2022)

Teaching Again:

This Week: Classes (September 6, 2022)

The First Week (September 14, 2022)

Reading Week Reflections (November 11, 2022)

What Am I To Do With These? (November 22, 2022)

Still the World: This Term In My Classes (December 22, 2022)


Fiction and Non-Fiction


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Updated December 31, 2022