Ex-Texan

Robert Birnbaum interviews Gail Caldwell, chief book critic at The Boston Globe. An excerpt:

RB: Are you still able to read recreationally?

GC: Yes. Oddly, more so now than when I was first reviewing. There is some conscious and unconscious sense that unhinges – that I do not have to take notes, remember specific arguments, things I love, the larger contexts – when I am reading for review.

Caldwell also talks about her experience of New England:

I’ll never be a New Englander. I think I have been here long enough now that I get to complain about it, like all other New Englanders. But, um, [thoughtful pause] used it to it? Yes, it’s home, it’s familiar, there are things that I love about New England. I really can’t imagine being anywhere else. I also will always be an ex-Texan. The older one gets, I think, the more you have that sensibility where you are from. And in a way, I have the luxury of saying that because I am 2,000 miles from where I grew up. So it’s much easier to be romantic about one’s roots.


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