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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West
Contemporary American Poetry (Penguin Poets)
Various Authors, Donald Hall
Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

"Understanding" Sherman Alexie

Understanding Sherman Alexie - Daniel Grassian

What did I learn by reading "Understanding Sherman Alexie?" I learned I understand Sherman Alexie - or rather his writing - pretty well already.


This is a kind of lit-crit starter kit for those just learning how to read and use criticism. There were no startling insights in the book for me - in fact, I actively disagreed with the analysis a couple of times.


Reading this book brought back memories of discussions in graduate school about how to suss out a critic's theoretical stance when it is not openly given. How does the critic use the text in question? What sources does he or she quote? What is emphasized? What is ignored? A useful exercise. No reading is ever wasted.