THE UNPUNISHED VICE: A LIFE OF READING
Anyone at a loss about what to read next can earn double points by picking up the newest book by Edmund White: The Unpunished Vice. As White hopscotches engagingly among books and writers he loves, he leaves an enticing trail of works by authors, including many by lesser known writers. White’s casual, jump-around approach is accentuated here, as much of Vice began life as pieces for New York Review of Books, The Guardian and Paris Review. Whether talking about his own writing, writers he has known, gossipy biographical tidbits, the allure of libraries, “the greatest novel in all literature” or the books he rereads regularly, White generously shares opinions he’s developed over a lifetime and also gives us a plenty of ideas for our own to-read lists. White’s pick for best novel ever written? Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
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