Month: June 2013

Laxness is Dependably Frustrating in Independent People

Laxness is Dependably Frustrating in Independent People

This is the real thing: a head-over-heels incredulity that there exists in the universe so perfect an imperfection. (from the intro by Brad Leithauser) After hating The Great Weaver of Kashmir without being able to dismiss its quality, I read Independent People and didn’t know what to think. My relationship with Laxness will always be…

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A Hard Dog’s Night

A Hard Dog’s Night

So I have this memory of John Denver sitting on a cabin porch in a Rocky Mountain sunrise, eating GrapeNuts cereal. I’ve spent unsuccessful hours online trying to prove John Denver did a GrapeNuts commercial, but the memory is there if the evidence isn’t. The reason this commercial stayed with me while it was forgotten…

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