2023 was a standout reading year for me. I almost made it to my annual goal of reading 50 books per year. For me, anything in the 40s counts as great. This year, I’m on track to make it to 48. So many of the books I read this year were fabulous. Instead of making a “best of” list that...
“It did make Julia feel very nervous and she moved to Alex where he happened to be teasing Angela because he might be nervous too which would comfort her. People who weren’t nervous were useless because they did not know what it meant . . .” —Henry Green, Party Going Misery loves company? I have a history of being a...
As promised, I will share with you an example of Henry Green’s power. A character in his novel Party Going is trying to make his way through a great crowd in a train station. How thick is this crowd? What does it feel like to make one’s way through it? Green demonstrates the answers by employing not one but three...
Henry Green is not as famous as he should be, I think. Several renowned writers—including George Saunders and John Updike—have lavished incredible praise upon him, and rightly so. On a New York Times podcast, Ezra Klein asks George Saunders which book or writer inspires him, and Saunders starts talking about Henry Green: “I don’t know anybody who writes more beautiful...
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