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When I looked up other writers on the subject of the pleasures of re-reading, I wasn’t too surprised to find that that I’d already read some of them. Re-reading pieces about re-reading creates an unsettling sensation we could call déjà lu. The sensation intensified when I came across a New York Times piece from 2009 by Verlyn Klinkenborg who, listing his own re-reading preferences, which included plenty of Dickens, admitted: “This is not a canon. This is a refuge”. I’ve flourished that useful phrase several times in conversation (without attribution) since I first encountered it, so belated thanks to Mr...
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