Robert Birnbaum interviews Gail Caldwell, chief book critic at The Boston Globe. An excerpt:
RB: Are you still able to read recreationally?
GC: Yes. Oddly, more so now than when I was first reviewing. There is some conscious and unconscious sense that unhinges â€“ that I do not have to take notes, remember specific arguments, things I love, the larger contexts â€“ when I am reading for review.
Caldwell also talks about her experience of New England:
Iâ€™ll never be a New Englander. I think I have been here long enough now that I get to complain about it, like all other New Englanders. But, um, [thoughtful pause] used it to it? Yes, itâ€™s home, itâ€™s familiar, there are things that I love about New England. I really canâ€™t imagine being anywhere else. I also will always be an ex-Texan. The older one gets, I think, the more you have that sensibility where you are from. And in a way, I have the luxury of saying that because I am 2,000 miles from where I grew up. So itâ€™s much easier to be romantic about oneâ€™s roots.