Tag: biography

  • Is That Kafka? 99 Finds

    While researching for his 3-part trilogy about Franz Kafka, biographer Reiner Stach found some interesting tidbits and scraps of writing from the author’s life. He has published these in several supplemental volumes: one being The Lost Writings and another being Is That Kafka? This book of “99 Finds” is essentially a mini-biography, told in vignettes […]

  • To Begin the World Over Again: Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to Baghdad

    If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’re doubtless aware I have a bit of a fascination with Lawrence of Arabia. After watching the movie in 2015, I set off to read Seven Pillars of Wisdom and anything else by or about the guy I could find. Which, as it turns out, is […]

  • Xi Jinping and the Addictive Quality of Biographies

    Apologies for my two weeks’ radio silence…  Work has been intense, so I haven’t mustered up the energy to blog until this weekend.  Happily, I’ve been reading, and there is plenty to catch up on! My current obsession reading focus is an unlikely one: CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping (2016) by Kerry Brown.  […]

  • "…he might be understood; but not today."

    T. E. Lawrence (1888–1935) If you’ve been following me on Goodreads, you’ll understand I have been reading books this year, while blogging at a record low.  Far from a lack of interest in blogging, my motivation was the need to take a break…I still consider myself on break as I write this.  However, I wanted […]

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