Deadlines. Part-time parenting. More houseguests. Filthy house, piles of email, sick cat. Drunkenness, depression, anxiety, disgusted boss, sad friends. Also, summertime malaise. In short, even obsessives need a vacation from their normal fixations.
And if you missed Stephany’s posts last week, scroll down to read her take on James Wood. (Lovemaking comparisons are made!) She’s urged me to respond — my opinion is a bit different — in a new “conversations” category early this week. As the name implies, the new category is for discussions between the two of us. Don’t worry — we’ll use “more” tags to keep the front-page discussions brief. Also, for those inclined to weigh in elsewhere, please understand: my stamina for prolonged and heated blog debates about literary criticism is low.