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#1 How To Read A Classic

The most read post of the year is finally here. We will be getting back to blogging shortly, in fact we will be back this evening. Make sure to keep reading the site and share it with friends. For the original post click here. Mark Twain famously said that a classic is a book everyone […]

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#2 Eleven (Really) Long Novels Worth Your While

Administrator’s Note: We here at TTAF are taking a break from blogging for the rest of the year. We feel that it is important that we take some time off to spend with friends and family, and also to relax a bit as the past year has been hectic for all four of us. We […]

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What Queen and I Have in Common (Besides an Affinity for Spandex and Big Hair)

Newsflash for any of you new parents out there: three year-old kids are not particularly patient. My son is not only no exception, the good people at Webster’s are likely this minute carving out whitespace to make room for his picture next to its entry for ‘impatience.’ I’ve found it takes a great deal of […]

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What We’re Reading: Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead”

We here at TTAF know that communal experience is one of the most valuable, enjoyable parts of life. A huge part of our vision for this site, in fact, involves providing an outlet for people who could use a community that functions, in part, like a whet stone for our minds, bodies, and souls. Having […]

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How to Read a “Classic”

Mark Twain famously said that a classic is a book everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read. As an English teacher, I’ve been given sort of a front row seat to Mr. Twain’s assessment being played out in real life. Most of my students (and, come to that, most people I […]

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Comment on This: Vladimir Nabokov

“There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three—storyteller, teacher, enchanter—but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer. “To the storyteller we turn for […]

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Eleven (Really) Long Novels Worth Your While

Have you ever been a little frightened to read a particularly long book? You’re not alone. Even those of us for whom reading is second only to breathing and eating as a necessary pastime (Am I exaggerating? I can’ tell.) sometimes avoid those most sizable tomes, for one reason or another. Because we love to […]

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