Author: Christine Harper

Old Filth

“Old Filth,” a novel by Jane Gardam that was published in 2006, takes you around Asia and England in the years leading up to and during World War II and in the present day. Gardam’s prose is exquisite, she draws …Read More

Suzy Zeus Gets Organized

I’ve been reminded to recommend Maggie Robbins’s brilliant 2005 book, “Suzy Zeus Gets Organized’,” by the publication of David Rakoff’s posthumously published novel-in-verse , “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.” (Bloomberg critic Craig Seligman had the same reminder, as you …Read More

IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

By Erik Larson. A non-fiction book that reads like a thriller. Larson tells how William E. Dodd, a University of Chicago history professor, was picked to become U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933 after other candidates turned down the offer. …Read More

Letters of Note   An archive of wonderful letters written by mostly famous people. Some favorites are Ted Hughes’s “Live like a Mighty River” and John Steinbeck’s “Nothing good gets away.’” But also Eudora Welty’s letter applying for a job at The New …Read More

Gorgeous Photos from the NYC Municipal Archive     -christine harper

The Electric Typewriter         For a daily dose of fabulous prose from writers including Adam Gopnik, Michael Chabon and Annie Dillard, check out this site.  -christine harper


Michael and I saw it over the weekend and I liked it for some of the exhilarating chase scenes, a spectacularly beautiful fight scene in a Shanghai skyscraper, and a chance to watch Javier Bardem ham it up.  -christine harper