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It’s true, as Maris Kreizman writes, that intuition is a better guide than internet algorithms to finding love and house pets. But the wisdom that algorithms can’t describe our experience applies equally well to more mundane affairs. Take, for example, my Good Reads page. 

It should be simple to catalogue the books you’ve read, the ones you are currently reading, and those you want to read, righ...

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Replace the cast of scheming court denizens in Richard III with a motley collection of imbeciles, give them the same thirst for power as in the Shakespeare play, but none of the cunning or political savvy, and have them run around stabbing themselves ...more
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House of Names by Colm Tóibín
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As in The Testament of Mary, Toibin tells an ancient tale from the perspective of its characters. Here we get the Oresteia through the points of view of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Electra, along with several plot lines that grow out of, an ...more
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"This is such a lovely book. A very dear friend of mine is a bit obsessed with Tóibín, madly in love with his writing and really doesn’t think he could ever put a foot wrong. And reading this it is hard not to agree. I found myself reading large pa..." Read more of this review »
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In the author's note following this excellent novel, Colm Toibin writes that his inspiration for framing Mary's story came from two paintings, Titian's painting of the Assumption in the Frari basilica in Venice, and Tintoretto's Crucifixion, which ha ...more
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The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides
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I read The Bacchae in this translation after reading Anne Carson's translation of that play. Vellacott's translation is more complete, and therefore fuller and somewhat richer. The introduction in this book is also excellent.

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The Bakkhai by Euripides
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This play has it all—men dressed as women, a wild party that gets out of hand, a vengeful god unleashing his wrath on a non-believer, and a wine-driven, senseless act of extreme violence. Are the intoxicating joys of dionysian worship worth their ine ...more
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The Odyssey by Homer
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Wilson's translation is as wonderful as everybody says. Her decision to render The Odyssey in iambic pentameter lets the poem sing in two beautiful ways.

First, the meter forces Wilson to compress the language, which she does with exceptional grace,
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