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    Reading for Pleasure: Easier Doesn’t Mean Better

    Reading for Pleasure: Easier Doesn’t Mean Better

    Lisa Nicholas, Ph. D.Feb 2, 20228 min read

    DO YOU “READ FOR PLEASURE”? For many people, this means they enjoy an “easy read.” But true pleasure, in any task or pastime, requires skill–and acquiring a new skill takes time and practice. What may start as a delight becomes…

    The Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

    Veiled Mystery ABOUT FORTY YEARS AGO, I read the work of Flannery O’Connor for the…

    Oct 17, 2019Dec 16, 2021

    Andrew Seddon: Versatile Writer of Life-Affirming Stories

    BESIDES THE JOY of writing about literature, I owe a lot to this blog because…

    Oct 11, 2019Feb 17, 2022

    Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

    THERE IS A FIGURE in Greek mythology called Proteus (sometimes called the Old Man of…

    Jul 12, 2016Jan 28, 2022

    Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

    I LEFT the discussion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by saying (as I am wont to do)…

    Mar 8, 2016Nov 27, 2021

    Literature: The Best Kind of Time Machine

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE KINDS of speculative fiction is the time travel tale, not the…

    Oct 27, 2015Dec 7, 2021

    Freedom: What Is It, Really?

    TODAY IS JULY 4, when we Americans commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence…

    Jul 4, 2015Dec 28, 2021

    “People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.”

    FLANNERY O’CONNOR

    Special Series: The Great Flood in Ancient Literature

    Examining the significance of Great Flood accounts in three different works of ancient literature.
    Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

    Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

    THERE IS A FIGURE in Greek mythology called Proteus (sometimes called the Old Man of the Sea), a minor sea god with two remarkable powers: shape-shifting and oracular utterance. To…

    Jul 12, 2016
    Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

    Metamorphoses 3: Change Is the Only Constant

    I LEFT the discussion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by saying (as I am wont to do) that, in literature, context is everything. We can’t really grasp the significance of Ovid’s version…

    Mar 8, 2016
    Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

    Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

    READING, LIKE SO MUCH OF LIFE, is all about seeing all that can be seen—not only what is visible in a cursory glance, but also patterns that lie beneath the…

    May 6, 2015