Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

BOOK REVIEW:  Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning, by Aaron James — October 2017

Reviewed by Jane Tompkins I’ve always had a vague idea that in another life I’d like to be a surfer. Now I know for sure I’d like to be one, having read Surfing with Sartre, and wish I weren’t too old to start now. This is a book of popular philosophy—not written for academic philosophers…

BOOK REVIEW – September 2017

BOOK REVIEW - September 2017

Jane reviews two books.

BOOK REVIEW: Mother Land by Paul Theroux – July 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Mother Land by Paul Theroux - July 2017

Readers of Paul Theroux’s travel books will want to read his new memoir.
They should also read our book reviewer’s insightful exploration into this book and its author.

BOOK REVIEW: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout – June 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout - June 2017

The reviewer felt herself, when reading, to be “in the presence of something recognizably, and at times, shockingly, real.”

BOOK REVIEW: New York Stories: Life at the Dakota by Stephen Birmingham – May 2017

BOOK REVIEW: New York Stories: Life at the Dakota by Stephen Birmingham - May 2017

Stephen Birmingham’s Life at the Dakota is a work of cultural history full of juicy tidbits. And there is an upstate connection.

BOOK REVIEW: Discovering Chekhov – April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Discovering Chekhov - April 2017

Jane is very taken with Chechov’s short stories: “…he refuses to turn away from those aspects of life that seem the most horrific and inexplicable; his stories seem compelled to comes to terms with them.”