Necessary Words, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • In Japanese, tsundoku means “the act of buying books and not reading them, leaving them to pile up.”
  • The Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature is quite an achievement.
  • An inspirational poem is sweeping Little League fields across the nation.
  • “But even bigger than the novels, it seems, is the farm lit memoir. Call it the ‘career girl’s gone Green Acres’ narrative, it inevitably involves a journalist or other hard-charging type who repairs to the countryside, either to follow a dream or a man, or to escape a calamity (debt, divorce).” Farm lit is the new chick lit.
  • Happy news! Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe Museum will reopen come October.