Like those stretchy silicone bowl covers we now use instead of plastic wrap, are books helping to keep our minds from mouldering under the stress of actual life in the Era of Rampant Stupidity? Answer for me is: no. But for this guy, it seemed to work. Or he needed a hook for his article. One of the two.
A good book can confirm your sanity. A good book can make you feel a bit less alone. In 2019, there was no escaping a sour and scalded national mood, and good books were necessary.
Top 10 lists, including my own, have mercifully come and gone. What remains for this critic, after a year of purposeful reading, are remembered scenes and moments and observations. This column is about a few favorites.