Kevin Coughlin's Best Reads of 2014

December 22, 2014

kevin_coughlin_picMy name is Kevin Coughlin.  I moved to Evanston from St. Louis in 1974 to attend Northwestern and lived at the dormitory next to the Evanston library for 4 years.  I got as far away as about 3 miles – across from the 400 Theater in Rogers Park – with each subsequent move bringing me back closer to where I started (about 4 blocks from EPL the past 17 years).  I have worked in marketing research for 34 years with a nice side benefit being a train commute for many of those years – a great place to read.  My other main hobby is listening to books while I walk my dog, walk to the train, etc.

1) Mink River by Brian Doyle (2010)

Magical, full of eccentric characters and life lessons, lots of humor and at least a few allusions to James Joyce. I can’t wait to read it again.

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Morgan Library Celebrates Swann's Way Centennial

February 15, 2013

exhibitJust in time for Evanston Public Library’s yearlong discussion of Proust, New York’s’ Morgan Library & Museum opened a new exhibition in honor of the 100 year anniversary of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way – the first volume in his 7-volume novel À la Recherche du Temps Perdu  (Remembrance of Things Past). The materials, being shown for the first time outside of Paris, are on loan  from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.  On exhibit are notebooks , doodles and galleys, postcards and photographs, all related to the creation of Swann’s Way. It sounds like a fascinating exhibit, but as New York Times reviewer Edward Rothstein noted: “It would also help, when you visit, not only to have once read the book, but also to have it fresh in your mind. Otherwise you might pick up fragments of knowledge and see some remarkable artifacts, but will not grasp what kinds of processes are on display here.” Marcel Proust and ‘Swann’s Way’: 100th Anniversary is on view at the Morgan Library through April 28.  Book your flight now – or just get in the mood with tea and madeleines. Read the entire NYT article here.


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