Sound It Out

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    September 29, 2014 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, translated by Alison Anderson, is a pairing of two witty, charming protagonists: Renée, a fifty-four-year-old concierge with a plump, lazy cat, and Paloma, an intelligent twelve-year-old manga fan living in the “apartment for rich people” where Renée works. As strangers living in the same building, their relati...
  • S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. Photo by Jen Rickard Blair
    June 4, 2014 | Shaida Tabrizi
    Photos by Jen Rickard Blair We’ve all come across books marked up by some fiend with no appreciation for the sanctity of the written word. Senseless underlining of unremarkable sentences, pedantic notes, and even doodles act as silently screaming billboards on the wide- open spaces of our imagination as we try to interact in a uniquely personal way with the book. Is it because those remnants are...
  • Longbourn
    February 3, 2014 | Shaida Tabrizi
    “There was the music and the clutter of voices from the big house, and the wind shoving and pulling at them, and she thought, I want this, I know I want this. This is how you get from one world to the next.”  A new book hitting the shelves and getting reviewers talking is Jo Baker’s novel, Longbourn. Baker has set herself apart from other modern attempts to rewrite Austen, even without t...
  • July 18, 2013 | Jen Rickard Blair
    “They say time finds you out, don’t they?”– The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending is a quiet sort of novel. His narrator introspectively reflects upon memory—how we are often unreliable historians to our own lives, selectively remodeling our memories as we age over time. Throughout the novel and well after completing it, cert...