Though it should, it does not dismay me that former students have been e-mailing me to say they are reading (or, for a very, very few) re-reading Defoe’s A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR or Camus’ THE PLAGUE. I have grown accustomed to students making unusual choices. Nevertheless, others have asked me for reading suggestions as they self-isolate and realize that one can only watch so much daytime TV. The bookworm that I have been for so many decades simply leaps at this opportunity. My biggest challenge is to avoid simply listing the texts I once assigned to those students but feared they never got around to reading. Read more.
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