Best of 2008 redux

I should be somewhere between NYC and Arkansas right now, but my flight was canceled last night, I decided to come into work an extra day, and the “Word of the Day” on the little screen in the elevator this morning was “schmaltz” (swear to God!), which can only mean one thing…


  1. I’m reading LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE now and, with maybe another 30 pages to read, I’m ready to say it’s the best 33.3 book I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a number of them. Wilson writes on so many different levels here, from the scholarly to the conversational, and does so without ever seeming affected; the book’s tone is always human, passionate and curious. I love the examination of sentimentality particularly. So, as far as I’m concerned, it earns all of these kudos in spades — even though I have no interest in getting to know Céline Dion’s work than I already do in passing.

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