Looking Backward to Look Forward: reading Edward Bellamy during Covid-19

The pleasure of re-reading

Throughout the lockdown I have been thinking about the ways in which I spend my time; am I productive enough, what do I do to wind-down, do I wind-down enough, and how do I compare with others? Both my work-life and leisure are tied to reading, and whilst the...
Looking Backward to Look Forward: reading Edward Bellamy during Covid-19

Reading ‘doing its work’

At rare off-duty times during lockdown, two moments from novels have repeatedly come to mind. One is Arthur Clennam’s imprisonment in the Marshalsea towards the close of Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit: ‘None of us clearly know to whom or to what we are indebted …...