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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

The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
John Barth
Chicago Poems
Carl Sandburg
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.