For love and brain cell regeneration

After my last post about the value of memorizing poetry, a reader requested a list of great poems to memorize for the summer.         My list is short:  the greatest poem to memorize for the summer is a poem you love.   Love is why children memorize Mother Goose rhymes.  Love is […]


Summer fling with Wordsworth

I’m an Anglophile.  I like repression, I suppose, depth under calm facades.  My favorite writers—Austen, Dickens, Penelope Fitzgerald, Jane Gardam, David Mitchell, Barbara Pym, Andrea Levy to name a few—have always been Brits, and now my favorite education secretary—if one can admit to such pedantic tastes—is English as well.   British education secretary Michael Gove […]