GOOD POEMS FOR HARD TIMES

  During the September 11th broadcast of “What to Read When the World Has Gone Mad” (on CBC’s Sunday Edition), Michael Enright mentioned Good Poems for Hard Times, a poetry anthology painstakingly put together by Garrison Keillor, consisting of poems previously read on his public radio show “The Writer’s Almanac”, and published in 2004.   It was one of only a couple of books that Enright personally recommended at the episode’s end, and I got the feeling that it was an important book in his life—maybe even a cherished book. It’s the one that I immediately looked up in the … Continue reading GOOD POEMS FOR HARD TIMES

WHAT TO READ WHEN THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD

It’s strange how my everyday life is marked by concurrences that most often feel like something more than coincidence.   One such moment happened on September 11th, when CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, with Michael Enright, featured a piece titled What to Read When the World Has Gone Mad, marking the fifteenth anniversary of the bombing of Manhattan’s Twin Towers. In the introduction of this episode, Michael Enright explained:   “When we find ourselves in times of trouble (and Mother Mary’s not available), a lot of us turn to books. We look for comfort, or the wisdom to face the … Continue reading WHAT TO READ WHEN THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD

BIBLIOTHERAPY: NEWFANGLED AND AS OLD AS THE GREEKS

Even though a lot of my reading in recent years has been determined by the demands of this Library blog, the truth is that most of the time, I choose books that I genuinely feel like reading.   What makes me feel like reading one book over another at any given time? I think there’s more to it than meets the eye.   Sure, there’s the obvious fact of my tastes and preferences. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt drawn to reading horror, though every now and then, I’ve taken a peek.  And for some reason, I’ve never been … Continue reading BIBLIOTHERAPY: NEWFANGLED AND AS OLD AS THE GREEKS