Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

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Recommended readings from yours truly.

Last week in the Expo Blog, I wrote the inaugural post to our latest series: Expo Recommends. In it, the editors of Exposition Review, myself included, tell you about some of our favorite readings.

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

As a reader and a writer, these pieces inspired and moved me, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Move these recommended readings to the top of your reading lists, and, if you’re so inclined, let me know what you think. I’d love to you hear your thoughts and continue a dialogue.

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GoodReads Review: Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Blue NightsBlue Nights by Joan Didion

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like a mother’s gentle hand, Joan Didion’s eloquent and vivid description of her Southern California and New York worlds guides the reader through the life and tragic loss of her daughter, Quintana Roo. The darling child grows to into a depressed but delightful woman through Didion’s repetition and nimble prose, making her death even more poignant. Yet the young girl’s life cycle reveals the undercurrent of Didion’s struggle with her own increasing age and solitude as well as the weakening of her own body, but — as evident in this poetic memoir — not her mind.

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The Modern Reading Experience in Julio Cortázar’s Cornopios and Famas

In the section titled “INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO UNDERSTAND THREE FAMOUS PAINTINGS” from Julio Cortázar’s Cornopios and Famas, Cortázar is obviously mocking Hans Holbein’s Portrait of Henry VII of England. He writes that the figure’s “maxim is this: ‘there is no third dimension, the earth is flat and man drags his belly on the earth. Hallelujah!’ It might be the Devil who is saying these words, and maybe you believe them because they are spoken to you by a king.”

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