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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

Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
Beyond the University Why Liberal Education Matters
Michael S Roth
First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

My Reading Deficiencies

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Christopher Durang

As one might guess from the title, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" makes much use of Chekov, both explicitly and by allusion. I found the play by turns hilarious and poignant. But here's the problem: I have neglected Chekov for years, and so many of those allusions passed me right by, my fingers grasping and missing catch after catch. I think if I was more conversant with Chekov's oeuvre, I would declare this play more than hilarious and poignant; I'd find the hilarious moments subversive and the poignant moments heartbreaking. I'll work on it and get back to you . . . -cg