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On established authors and the weight of expectation: J.K. Rowling’s <i>The Casual Vacancy</i>

On established authors and the weight of expectation: J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

Bethanie Blanchard November 23, 2012 6 Comments

One of the great pleasures / responsibilities of being a lit critic is that you are asked to review countless debut novels. When I first began reviewing, I remember this feeling unusual to me – coming as I did from a background in academia, where you generally don’t read anything without an almost infuriating knowledge […]

On reading and re-reading and not reading

On reading and re-reading and not reading

Bethanie Blanchard January 4, 2012 17 Comments

Like the cool, quiet hours linking dawn and daylight, the days between Christmas and the first day of a new year seem similarly stolen, and tantalising in their possibility. For me, it was a time to catch up on forgotten books in the steadily growing and increasingly precarious mountain beside my bed. In an essay […]