A Depiction of a Teacher’s Inner Life

From “Yurt,” a story by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, in the July 21, 2008 issue of The New Yorker (the one with Obama in Muslim attire on the cover):

    . . . didn’t misery imply a wallowing sort of wretchedness? And a teacher had no time for that. The curriculum was always marching on, relentlessly: the ancient Egyptians melting into the ancient Greeks, the blur of check marks and smiley faces, the hot rattling breath of the photocopier, book reports corrected shakily on the bus, the eternal night of parent-teacher conferences, dizzy countdowns to every holiday, and the dumb animal pleasure of rest. One could

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Perusing THE ECONOMIST’S Best Books of the Year 2008

Books self is interested in reading after perusing The Economist’s list of “Best Books of 2008”:

Biography

Politics and Current Affairs

History

Science and Technology

Culture and Digressions

Fiction and Memoirs

  • Sea of Poppies:  A Novel, by Amitav Ghosh, “tells the intricate stories of a cast of hundreds in lustrous and mesmerizing prose”
  • Lush Life, by Richard Price, “a whodunnit with literary heft”
  • The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry, “a moving and memorable novel about conflicting versions of Ireland’s past”
  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differ:  The Paradox of Modern Iran, by Hooman Majd, an “illuminating, critical and affectionate memoir”
  • Palestinian Walks:  Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape, by Raja Shehadeh, “tells the story of a lawyer’s fight against Israel’s seizure of Palestinian land and how he seeks solace by walking in the wild countryside of the West Bank”
  • The Three of Us:  A Family Story, by Julia Blackburn, “a raw and moving story about a chaotic family and a lost childhood”


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