May 9, 2004
Often, collections of essays are uneven. Luckily, in Art and Ardor, the low points are good and the high points are truly wonderful. Cynthia Ozick expresses her love for literature throughout the book, exploring and dissecting such diverse authors like Edith Wharton and John Updike as well as the state of Jewish literature. Some of the essays are a bit dated, but Ozick's arguments are clear and always well-founded.
I promised myself a book of fiction, and have chosen The Namesake: A Novel, by Jhumpa Lahiri as book number twenty-one.