The secret life of dictionaries

Enemies of Reading | April 25th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore When reading my Kindle and coming across a word I don’t know, I can highlight the word and make its definition appear. For example, in my current reading, Isaac Babel’s “The Red Cavalry,” the word “verst” appears often. I highlighted it and found: “verst: Russian measure of distance, equivalent to 3,500 feet, […]

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Memoir of a memoir: Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’

Enemies of Reading | March 8th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Nearly all the reviews I’ve read of Tara Westover’s “Educated” have concentrated on the extreme nature of her upbringing. Her parents, especially her father, were devout Mormons, so committed to their beliefs (many of them unorthodox) that they made other Mormons shake their heads in disbelief. Because they whole-heartedly bought into the […]

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Hiking with Nietzsche while the Kantian fumes

Enemies of Reading | February 15th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore As they grew up, I advised my two sons that there are two things needed for a happy life: a love relationship and work that satisfies. I failed to warn them, however, that these two blessings can sometimes clash. This memory returned after reading John Kaag’s newest book, “Hiking with Nietzsche” (2018). […]

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