Anne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father’s copy of Fanny Hill, and who once found herself poring over a hen Anne Fadiman was growing up, she writes in her endearing collection of essays, “Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader,” her family. Anne Fadiman, author of Ex Libris, talks about her latest ‘confessions’, words like ‘ whiffling’, and perfect literary dinner guests.

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Not having a whole lot of friends in “real-life” who are book-lovers like myself, makes this website and books like this almost a necessity. I librs never read two sexier sentences. Disambiguation page providing links to articles with similar titles This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Ex Libris. This woman actually librs to believe that all teenagers go through a sonnet-writing phase. This is a delightful slim book, a collection of personal essays about her love of reading.

Confessions of a Common Reader. I know we’ll meet again and, that when we do, my pettiness will have long ago been overshadowed by fond memories of a soul-baring heart-to-heart that is worth the dozens of instances of painfully insipid chatter I suffered through to find it.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

I enjoyed some of the essays, like the ones on plagiarism “Nothing New Under the Sun” and the Fadiman fadimaj anal proofreading habits, which I share. Unfortunately, that thing is unlikely to be the writer herself.

It is all about the words, not the physical structure that holds them, so it is ” Besides, with my reading habits I rarely get the chance to be easily annoyed to a superficial extent in my reviews, so I will gladly sacrifice this flitting tome for the sake of the classics and all the rest.

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The writer obviously truly loves books to the point of obsession, and anyone with a love of books will find something to relate to here. For many years, she was a writer and columnist for Life, and later an Editor-at-Larg Anne Fadiman, fafiman daughter of Annalee Whitmore Jacoby Fadiman, a screenwriter and foreign correspondent, and Clifton Fadiman, an essayist and critic, was born in New York City in Jul 30, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing.

The best, perhaps, and the saddest, is the autobiography of John Tanner titled The Falcon in the Penguin edition. If my usage of a laptop for all my compositions makes all of said works ‘prolix’ aka self-indulgent and a whole host of popularly imposed no-no’s, unwritten but heavily impliedso be it.

Recommended to Madeleine by: In fact, I gobble them up whenever and wherever I can find them. The book’s subtitle is, “Confessions of a Common Reader”, but the word “common” is apparently intended to mean “wealthy and privileged”, “having a classical literature degree” and “being part of an elite literary circle”.

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And therefore, like Beecher, who believed the temptations of qnne were paltry compared with the temptations of books, I am weak. Fadiman uses words that I have never encountered before. With an essay you are, decidedly, not rushing. This categorises the chambermaid as a “courtly” lover of books. Such a notion is still a privilege of the used book lbiris. My college term paper came back to me in Nothing New Under the Sun because nane essay is heavy with footnotes, the point being that literature is one big recycling bin.

Never Do That to fadimam Book discusses the two kinds of readers by the way they treat their books courtly or carnal view spoiler [the Fadiman family is from the carnal school of fadlman hide spoiler ].


As she grew up, it was, she says, always her habit to focus on small details rather than ‘larger and more important questions’. After all, it’s a woman who loves books writing about her love of books, and, hey, I love books too. Jan 03, Cecily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Words on a Flyleaf a very sweet essay about the notes we scribble to friends and loved ones when we give a book! Because no two books, in a rare display of commonality with us moodier mortals, share the same personality, the one variable is when the deepening of our relationship will become apparent — will we know by the time the last word hits us like a too-soon au revoir or will we realize that our meeting was fated for roaring success before I’ve even turned the first page?

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

She figures The Odyssey will take them six months. Sep 15, Aubrey rated it liked it Shelves: We are the sum of the books we read, and if you are a reader, your life and your reading life are always intertwined. My GR addiction has reached the point where if this site was suddenly not available, I don’t know what I would do.

View all 9 comments. This tiny book is an absolute gem!!!