My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I loved it! I’m ordering book two in the series later this week. But I don’t really have much to say about Elena Ferrnte’s wonderful novel My Brilliant Friend translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. Not much but I did note three things. First how similar the novel is to Miles Franklin’s 1901 novel My Brilliant Career, not just in the titles either.  Both novels are about … Continue reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

TSS: Making St. Cuthbert’s Gospel of John and Maybe Some Other News.

I spent this week at The Center for the Book in San Francisco learning how to make St. Cuthbert’s Gospel of John, an early 8th century binding, the oldest existing European binding. Cuthbert was a seventh century monk.  He was revered while still alive, a very popular man admired for his humility and his devotion.  When he died he was buried with five items, a … Continue reading TSS: Making St. Cuthbert’s Gospel of John and Maybe Some Other News.