Sunday, June 14, 2015

Exceptional summer reading

            He read widely and well and his restless mind never stopped ranging far afield. One fall day I innocently asked him what he had read that summer at his coast cabin.

            “The complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald; Messer Marco Polo by Donn Byrne; a history of Oregon coastal trails; Poor People by Fyodor Dostoevsky; a history of the Tillamook Burn; and something by Stewart Holbrook that wasn’t all that great, I’m sorry to say, for I like Holbrook, a terrific storyteller.” 
Brian Doyle, “A Sturdy Man: Notes on a Human Symphony,” American Scholar, v.74 n.1, Winter 2005, at 94, 97 (profile of Bob Boehmer).

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