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Books That Heal On the Road

Following up on a previous post On the Road: Bibliotherapy for Hungarians Abroad, I’m sharing what can be gleaned from a full semester bibliotherapy group session with fellow Hungarians living abroad. The first rule of fight clubs (i.e., don’t talk about fight clubs) applies to bibliotherapy groups too. Joking aside, the confidential setting is a powerful … Read More

In Their Words: More Than Just Books

What Students Say About the Library Following up on the Books They Read post, miniposters SEBS students created during their library session as part of their Academic Mentoring course in Fall 2022, here is recap of the humbling experience these classes pose to each librarian. One can’t expect miracles from a one-shot, 80-minute session. The “less is … Read More

Books They Write – Celebration of Scholarship 2022

Planning to attend the Celebration of Scholarship at New Brunswick Libraries? To be held in Douglass Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 4 pm to 6 pm, this event highlights accomplishments of Rutgers authors with displays of books, book chapters, journal articles, recordings, and more published in 2020-2022. Register now! Pictured here is my … Read More

Back to Books We Read

Welcome to the new academic year, whether you are back or here for the first time. Books We Read staff will continue what we do the best: Recommend books to read for fun from the collections of Rutgers University Libraries, print and online, as requested by students. If you become more comfortable using our resources … Read More

Et. In. Arcadia. Ego. – Szilárd Borbély and Intertextual References

Speaking of his poetry in an interview in 2005, Borbély claims that he doesn’t intend to discuss deep philosophical questions in his works. Instead, he works on solving the task of creating a system of rules that builds on his previous works, but breaks away from them or obliterates them. Admitting that he doesn’t think … Read More

Szilárd Borbély in English: Kafka’s Son

Circling back to Kafka shows the long-lasting effect of early experiences and influences continually revisited that is discernible in Borbély’s works. One step forward from the practice of “the novel writing itself,” Kafka’s Son seems to follow another modus operandi, that of the text itself rewriting itself. Borbély turns to Kafka’s texts three times by … Read More