11 thoughts on “the nbcc and powell’s

  1. Oh, this is superb news, Cynthia. Congratulations! The review is beautifully written, and you certainly deserve the accolades. You truly are an inspiration to all reviewers.


  2. Hooray to you for this great review- felicitations. Interesting conclusion ‘whether who we are on the outside is an accurate reflection of who we are on the inside’. Aren’t we different people on the outside depending on which characters of the Universe we happen to be sharing space with that day? Do we pull shifting draped ghosts of ourselves from the inside out, changing forms as breath? Identity= very big question.


  3. Linda, Cal, Lauren, Tricia, Susanna, thanks so much for sharing my excitement.

    And Susanna, I have that exact question written down in my notes. I do wonder about it all, and I’m sure I’ll continue to write about it. Yes, Identity=very big question


    • Yes Cynthia. We’re obviously thinking about the same question. I really enjoyed the way you explored identity in your piece about childhood. Have you read The Truth about Lorin Jones by Alison Lurie ? It’s one writer’s answer to the chameleon identity question.


      • Thanks, Susanna. I have read The Truth About Lorin Jones. It was one of 13 books I bought on May 11, 1990–the first time I ever visited Powell’s Books in Portland. I loved it, but of course, 21 years later, remember nothing at all about it. So I’ve taken it off the shelf and put it in my short stack of books to reread. Thanks for the suggestion.


  4. I’ll be interested to see what you think of it. Do you have any book suggestions on the identity question? I am rather obsessed by Murakami at the moment, where the question of identity is explored in a rather metaphysical, shifting fashion. I adore these books and the fact that they appear almost impossible to describe.


    • Susanna, Mary Gordon seems to be interested in identity, both in her novella The Rest of Life and also in her latest, The Love of My Youth, according to a friend–I have the new one in my pile…

      Virginia Woolf at least touches on the question of identity in Mrs. Dalloway.

      More as I think of them…


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