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Open Letters Monthly, March 2014

We all know to beware the Ides of March. But at this point, I’m thinking it’s appropriate to beware the whole damn month. Two days ago it was frigid, with a blasting wind; today it’s sunny and in the 50s. Next week, supposedly, we get snow. I do not care for such fickleness. One of […]

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Open Letters Monthly, January 2014

Snowed in? Reluctant to brave single-digit temperatures? You might as well enjoy it… this is only January, and if this is the way 2014 is going to come in, it promises to be a long winter. Assuming you’re safe and sound, with plenty of toilet paper and milk—you did go shopping when the weather news […]

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NPR’s Concierge Care

This time of year brings out not only the list-makers, but the list-lovers and list-haters as well. The literary ether seems to be especially ripe for that kind of debate, maybe because these end-of-year best-ofs can seem wan in comparison to the the jockeying of all the literary awards scattered throughout the calendar. Or maybe […]

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Open Letters Monthly’s Year in Reading

I realize I haven’t been writing all that much these past few months. Or rather, not all that much that Like Fire readers want to read—ask me about metadata schema analyses, library service analysis literature reviews, and exhibit plans, if you dare. But I have been reading, and not only of the required variety. Pleasure […]

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Open Letters Monthly, August 2013

Forget about the dog days—this is the time of year that turns August from a proper noun into an adjective. And there’s nearly a week left in which to read the August (in both senses of the word) issue of Open Letters Monthly. There’s a lot of good stuff here, including a couple of novels […]

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Open Letters Monthly, July 2013

There’s still almost a week left to July, and another month and change to the summer proper. So if you haven’t checked out Open Letters Monthly’s July issue, this would be a good time. For starters, the OLM cast and crew (myself included) have come up with a great, under-the-radar summer reading list, which should […]

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Summer Reading at Open Letters Monthly

All New York Jews have two sets of genealogy. There are the physical roots, even if they’re only vague coordinates of the original shtetl or shop: Russian, Polish, German, Hungarian. And then there is the cultural identity, which, in the right circumstances, can be just as strong an identifier. Is your family Woody Allen Jewish, […]

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Open Letters Monthly, June 2013

Today is both Father’s Day and Bloomsday, but any attempt on the part of this post to find a connection between the two is probably folly. I’m quite certain my father read Ulysses, but my window of opportunity to talk to him about it has come and gone; I’d have as much luck trying to […]

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Open Letters Monthly, May 2013

It looks as though April showers—and snowstorms—have finally brought a few May flowers. With or without showers, we also have the May issue of Open Letters Monthly, which comes with some choice buds and blossoms of its own: Rohan Maitzen gives us a review of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life… and then the review that […]

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Open Letters Monthly, April 2013

It recently occurred to me that at the institute of higher learning where I’m currently working on my MLS, there is a Fall semester, a Spring semester, and a Summer semester. The designation “Winter” is completely absent, and this is clearly no accident. Even though this isn’t one of the places that shows up regularly […]

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