My friend MJN spends the summer in Rockaway, which is part of NYC's Queens; it's on the Atlantic Ocean. Usually her blog, The Alternate Side Parking Reader, concerns city life with a car, but this post is about the deli. Read around in her blog; MJN writes with such wit and finesse that it knocks me out.
Min Jin Lee (Free Food for Millionaires) writes about Queens (do I detect a theme here?) and Middlemarch in "My Other Village," over at Chekhov's Mistress. (Props to the lovely new design there, too.)
At Critical Mass, Nicholas Christopher writes of taking a poetry seminar with Robert Lowell.
"Lowell was not just the best known poet in America at that time, but also a celebrity. It was still possible, somehow, for a poet to be a celebrity in 1969 America."
Also at Critical Mass, we get a peak at one of the next My Year Of... books, this one about reading the Harvard Classics. Check out Christopher Beha's provocative essay, which incorporates his views on literary blogs.