A few interesting threads from the I Love Books message board:

Teenage Bookcase Embarrassments. Richard Bach and Ayn Rand come up a number of times. So does Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. (I saw Russell Crowe solemnly giving that one to Oprah once. I’m still waiting for her to make it a book club selection. Ohm.)

Literary abuse problems. My answers to the questions? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. And yes.

Reading two books at once? Combine them. A favorite: “‘Stupid White Noise’ — Non-fiction polemic about the postmodern authors that are destroying America.”

And Donald Barthelme’s syllabus, which is probably more educational than amusing.


You might want to subscribe to my free Substack newsletter, Ancestor Trouble, if the name makes intuitive sense to you.