Love in the time of Pandemica

Enemies of Reading | May 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore The nature writer and anthropologist Loren Eiseley was once out in the badlands of the American West with an order to capture something interesting – birds, reptiles, anything, that his museum could use for exchange with a foreign zoo. One night he came upon an abandoned cabin. He opened the door softly […]

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How I failed to read 100 books this year

Enemies of Reading | December 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Back in 2007, I pitched my editor, Pete Mazzaccaro, on the idea that I’d like to document my attempt to read 100 books that year. One hundred is a golden round number. It sounds large and it speaks to a person’s desire for self-improvement. It also implies a kind of muscular dedication […]

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What is a reviewer’s responsibility? A pesky question provoked by ‘The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator’

Enemies of Reading | October 18th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore To whom should book or arts reviewers answer? Their editors? The readers of their column? The authors/artists? Perhaps the paying public?] All week long I’ve anticipated writing, “This is a god-awful book I had to force myself to keep reading even though it has lots of interesting facts about mosquitoes.” So, there, […]

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