Xmas Loot 2019.

It’s been a long day, so I’ll just list stuff:

99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style by Matt Madden

Outline: A Novel by Rachel Cusk

How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranks by Irina Reyfman

God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts by Brent Nongbri (thanks, bulbul!)

And some foreign-language movies (thanks, Eric!): The Assassin (刺客聶隱娘), directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu.

I hope all my readers are having a good holiday season, and remember — the days are getting longer! (Unless, of course, you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.)


  1. My five-year-old received among his Christmas presents of book of potential Hattic interest, viz. P Is For Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, which has apparently been quite the surprise bestseller, according to the trade press. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/78653-worst-alphabet-book-becomes-bestseller.html

  2. 刺客聂隐娘 is good, but a bit difficult to understand. I saw it in the cinema and wished I’d read up on the old story before. Very beautiful, though!

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