Discovering the Classics

I recently discovered Harper’s Magazine thanks to another blogger (Thanks Dadshouse!) and I have to admit to finding it a very interesting magazine.  Originally I went in search of the article that was recommended in regards to the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Once I decided to subscribe I could then read all the articles online, present and past.  
I’ve come across some good, witty and challenging reads this week.
There is of course the article The Last Book Party by Gideon Lewis-Kraus which amused me as much as it possibly horrified me about the state of publishing.  I also got a kick out of the fact that the event took place in Germany.
An article that certainly amused me was entitled Shine, Perishing Republicans by Garret Keizer and supplied me with the wonderful Thought of the Day “I want the Republican Party to drop dead.” Which I loved and simply had to quote.  To be fair the line that follows is “Inasmuch as it differs too little from the competition, I want the Democratic Party to drop dead with it.”  You can’t go wrong with a guy like that.
Then came Suburban Ghetto by Jonathan Dee a story about the late author John Cheever whom I’d heard of but never read.  Truly I have very little interest in doing so as he sounds like a bit of an unmentionable jerk.
The article Infinite Debt by Thomas Geoghegan pertained to the economy and interest rates and, though I did get sleepy and have a smidgen of trouble understanding everything he said, was ultimately fascinating and he came up with some excellent points.  I sure hope someone in charge was listening.
My favorite was in the Readings section.  It’s a short story called The Quarrel in the Strong Box by Mark Twain.  It was an unpublished story written in 1897.  It’s going to be published this month by HarperStudio in Who is Mark Twain?  It was a rather humorous story of different denominations of money quarreling over their worth in the banker’s box.  The story amused me and led me to seek out other writings by Twain.  I’ve actually never read Huck Finn or anything by Twain.  It seems long overdue.
What have you been reading these days?  Any good magazines or books?  Have you read anything that’s compelled you to seek out the authors other works?

17 thoughts on “Discovering the Classics

  1. I couldn't possibly admit to you the types of magazines I read after hearing what you've been reading. But I will anyway. I love reading celebrity gossip so I like People, In Touch, Life & Style, and even Star (I got a year subscription for free.)It's my guilty pleasure. 🙂

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  2. I liked Francine Prose The Blue Angel (am still reading it). It’s about a creative writing Professor’s life: the critique sessions, the students (esp one) and his family. Looking forward to reading more about Prose and her work… and Andrea, the preview might entice you li’l bit I guess:)

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  3. I haven’t found anything great in awhile, but I just got a stack of books from the library so I’m hopeful.I’m been reading the newspaper a lot (and blogs of course.)

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  4. I’m in need of some good reads – all of my magazines are going straight to India and I have nothing here in CA right now. I’ll be back later to check in again and see what people are recommending!

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  5. I like my Country Home, Country Living magazines. I don’t really read “articles” in magazines. I just finished reading My sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Very good book and I’d recommend it. She is a good author if you haven’t read anything from her – try it and tell me what you think.

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  6. Blueviolet – Nothing wrong with a good fun read! I'm not into those magazines really (because I'm not much for celebrities) but I do subscribe to Town & Country and Bazaar. If I had the ability to get some other ones here I'd likely throw in an InStyle now and then :)Naperville – I will check that one out. It does intrigue me…Valerie – I know what I'm getting you for your birthday now! I love the movie though haven't read the book.K – I love that you include blogs. I read my daily umm 100!Jill – Definitely check back and if you need ideas the reading tab on my navi bar lists books I've read and recommend.Wendy – That was the first book of hers I ever read. I cried. I could not help it. The Pact is good. You might like The Dive From Clausens Pier by Ann Packer. It's very good as well.

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  7. I don’t read many magazines except for cooking ones. Nothing better than sitting down with a snack on a pretty plate and reading about food!Right now I am reading Kabul beauty School. It’s an interesting read on Afghanistan and its culture.

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  8. I love Harpers! (And thanks for the shout out my blog’s way) I especially like anything Lewis Lapham writes for them. He was their editor in chief for years. Don’t give up on John Cheever. His collection of short stories won the Pulitzer. There are some definite jewels in that collection. And lots of cocktails.

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  9. Do you read Bookmarks magazine? That is where I get a lot of ideas. That and using Amazon’s recommendations.As for books…I am in a smutty book fix. Balanced out by young adult stuff. When I find an author I like, I tend to read EVERYTHING that they have ever written. And then I have a hard time moving on to something else.Right now I am reading “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow. And on my to be read pile is “The Help” but I can’t recall the author.In my smut pile – Lisa Kleypas’ latest – “Smooth talking Stranger.”

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  10. Hi Andrea! You are so darn cute. I just LY! Thanks for the tips. I am reading a really good book right now called The Middle Place. It’s about a young mom who discovers she had breast cancer. It’s really well written and cute. Sounds weird, but true. How is your mom. What kind of cancer does she have? Is it breast cancer?

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  11. SweetPea – Blogging takes up far more of my time than it should as well.Blonde – You are not a moron. We all like different things.Crazy – I’ll have to look into that one. I recently read A Thousand Splendid Suns also about Afghan culture.Dadshouse – You’re welcome, I like to give credit for a good idea. I’ll look at Cheever. I suppose his diary is different than his stories.Kat – Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check it out.Kacey -Potterybarn counts :)Crash – Yeah, she has breast cancer. She’s had surgery just waiting to start chemo. But she’s doing pretty good. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check it out.

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  12. I’m a sucker for Romance and old WAR stories…tragic war stories…I know, sick and twisted.Julia Quinn is an Historical Romance Novelist…but I love the way she writes…Sorry but I do! :)I’ve read Huck Finn when I was like in 5th grade…Tom Sawyer…just loved it all! Twain was good for sure!

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