Maureen Corrigan http://wvxu.org en Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau http://wvxu.org/post/dont-know-what-do-your-life-neither-did-thoreau Every year, students come into my office and say, "I don't know what I want to do with my life." Of course, plenty of people in the world don't have the luxury of such cluelessness, but my students don't look like they're enjoying their privilege; they look scared and depressed, as though they've already failed some big test of character. They might find some comfort in Michael Sims' new biography of the young Henry David Thoreau called, simply, <em>The Adventures of Henry Thoreau. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 23219 at http://wvxu.org Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues http://wvxu.org/post/triumph-book-worms-two-novels-cure-your-winter-blues In the opening paragraph of <em>Moby-Dick,</em> Ishmael tells us he takes to sea whenever he feels the onset of "a damp, drizzly November in [his] soul." I know how he feels. Whenever the frigid funk of February settles in, I, too, yearn to get out of town. This year I have, thanks to two exquisite vehicles of escape fiction. Both Rachel Pastan's <em>Alena</em> and Katherine Pancol's <em>The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles</em> are smart entertainments perfect for curling up with on a winter's night. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:31:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 22725 at http://wvxu.org Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait? http://wvxu.org/post/was-zadie-smiths-novel-nw-worth-wait Zadie Smith wrote her last novel <em>On Beauty</em> seven years ago — a long time in the anxious world of publishing. Her new novel <em>NW</em> was released in the U.S. on Monday. Critic Maureen Corrigan asks: Was it worth the wait? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Was+Zadie+Smith%27s+Novel+%27NW%27+Worth+The+Wait%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:33:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 3597 at http://wvxu.org Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait? In 'The Brontes,' New Details Of Family's 'Strange World' http://wvxu.org/post/brontes-new-details-familys-strange-world In the new, updated edition of her landmark biography <em>The Brontes</em>, Juliet Barker tells a sad story about Branwell, the infamous brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.<p>In 1834, Branwell began to study painting under a man named William Robinson, a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Art. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 3124 at http://wvxu.org In 'The Brontes,' New Details Of Family's 'Strange World' 'Dreamland': Open Your Eyes To The Science Of Sleep http://wvxu.org/post/dreamland-open-your-eyes-science-sleep Step, if you will, into my bedroom at night. (Don't worry, this is a PG-rated invitation.) At first, all is tranquil: My husband and I, exhausted by our day's labors, slumber, comatose, in our double bed. But, somewhere around 2 a.m., things begin to go bump in the night. My husband's body starts twitching, like Frankenstein's monster receiving his first animating shocks of electricity. Thrashing about, he'll kick me and steal the covers. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 18:06:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 2059 at http://wvxu.org 'Dreamland': Open Your Eyes To The Science Of Sleep