"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

27 September 2005

Lincoln Essay

Note to my readers: Joshua Shenk paid Inscapes a visit and tells us that his book on Lincoln, Lincoln's Melancholy (from which the Atlantic Monthly article discussed below was abstracted), is now available. Here's a link to his website that tells a bit about the book, and here's where he says one can find the currently lowest price.

8 comments:

Cindy said...

Actually, Amazon's selling it for .50 cheaper than B&N, according to the websites.

But I suspect, if the quality of the article is any indication, that full price would still be a bargain on this one.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Beth.

alaiyo said...

Thanks for checking, LuCindy. I'm thinking that about any price is a bargain, too! I noted at the website that he has other work on depression as well -- definitely worth checking it out.

My book list keeps getting longer. Wish my salary level kept up with it!

Blessings,

Beth

Cindy said...

Beth--Have you been to his website and read some of his essays? Absolutely stunning! I literally sat and cried (although it galls me to admit it) over The Things We Carry. Not because it was at all overdone or maudlin, but because it said some of the things I feel very strongly myself and so rarely hear voiced in a public arena.

He also wrote part of a book of writers on depression that I've been coveting for quite awhile.

This is an author I'm going to be watching for a long time.

alaiyo said...

No, I haven't had time to do more than note that he had written more on the topic than the one book. I shall read that essay tonight or tomorrow. I suspect it will strike me in much the same way, especially given the way things are going this week . . .

Thanks for the heads-up. Sounds like he needs to be placed at the top of the must-have-these-books list!

Blessings,

Beth

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

In case you can't tell. Cindy is excited about this book.

It's sort of cute.

alaiyo said...

Her, her excitement, or the book? Just wonderin' . . . :)

amelia ruth said...

Oh the shame of it. As I was preparing my sister's first grammar test, I looked back over my own first grammar test, and realized that in my overconfidence 99.99% of my wrong answers (and there were many) could have been prevented by just reading the instructions. I suppose I thought "Oh, I've been in two Impson classes so far. I've got this together. I'm going to fly through this class." Lame.

Well, if it's any comfort to me (and it is), my sister did much worse than I. I looked at the first page of her completed test, and immediately handed it back to her with instructions to reread the entire test. And she still made a D-. Now, whether this is because of her overconfidence, or my bad teaching, I don't know.

Well, thanks for the good teaching that overcome even my own overconfidence. You're great.

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

I'm certain the book is as cute as it can be. An excited Cindy is even cuter though.

Even more cuterer?

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