Favorite Quotes

"And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him."


from The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Reader's Link - February 2012 Staff Picks Archive


Light in the tunnel

London Under

Title: London Under
By: Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd's "votive offering to the gods who lie beneath London" is also an artifice -- or should that be an edifice? -- of eccentric pedagogy. Like the ever-so-slightly unsettling vicars of period British mysteries whose obsessively detailed leaflets are strewn about churchyards where murder lurks, Ackroyd's no man to shun a datum, however mean. In his deft hands, coal becomes diamonds; the weight of detail upon detail yields insight. "London is built upon darkness," he writes. Perhaps so. But this book shines. It's also beautifully designed and produced, a perfect gift for the wild-eyed vicar on your list. NB: For synergy, couple this with Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May mystery series, which partakes of the same subterranean wellspring.

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Posted by curious on Feb. 13, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
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